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    Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney representing Astoria New York and Alexi Giannoulias, Illinois State Treasurer were the recipients of the 2008 Justice of Cyprus Award, presented at the Cyprus Federation of America Testimonial Dinner, on Saturday, October 4, at the Terrace On The Park in New York.
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    At the presentation of awards to Maloney and Giannoulias by the Cyprus Federation of America, Greek-Americans and Cypriot-American officials attended and spoke. The Archbishop of America, Dimitrios, described the ongoing occupation of Cyprus, after 34 years, as sad and unprecedented. He underlined that the situation did not serve anyone, not the Turkey, nor the Turkish-Cypriots.
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    A new, remodeled area where students of the Hellenic Classical Charetr School in Brooklyn can seek sources and help for their studies while at the same time, reinforce their knowledge through a rich collection of 10 thousand books was recently inaugurated during a special event. Honoring a special individual who contributed greatly in the founding and operation of the first charter school in New York, the school's authorities gave the new library the name "Stephen F. Kahn Memorial Library and Media Center", whose creation was made possible by a 350 thousand dollar grant from the US government.
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    The preparation for the annual Thanksgiving Day dinner-that is being organized for the 19th consecutive year, news pertaining to apartment rental prices and issues concerning the greater Queens area were tabled during a meeting last Wednesday of the Greek-American Homeowners Association.
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    The names of Greek students from abroad who successfully passed the Greek tertiary education entry examinations were announced yesterday by the Education ministry. The names can be viewed on the ministry's website at www.ypepth.gr by entering the candidates special code number in the corresponding box. In addition, candidates may receive information by contacting the ministry's offices during working days and hours.
Oct 06 2008
Greek envoy briefs Congress
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The important international role played by Greece as a major force in international shipping, which is of strategic importance for the US and the global economy, as well as the country's heightened economic presence in SE Europe, were underlined in the briefing made to US Congressional staff members on Thursday by the Greek ambassador to Washington, Alexandros Mallias. The briefing on Greek foreign policy issues, made in the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Hall, focused on Greece's role as an energy hub with the construction of energy pipelines through Greek territory, namely, the Turkey-Greece-Italy pipeline carrying Caspian natural gas, the under-construction Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline, the recently signed South Stream natural gas pipeline, along with the lesser-known but vital and operational Thessaloniki-Skopje pipeline.
Ambassador Alexandros Mallias thanked members of the US Congress for supporting the Greek positions on the FYROM "name issue", underlining the Greek government's will to reach a mutually acceptable solution that will open the door to Euro-Atlantic institutions for the landlocked one-time Yugoslav republic north of Greece.
The veteran Greek diplomat, who served as chief of the Greek liaison office in Skopje in the past, moreover, did not mince words in referring to FYROM. He warned that months-long intransigence by FYROM's leadership, in tandem with virulently irredentist and aggressive propaganda by pro-FYROM circles against Greece, was not behaviour inconsistent with a prospective member of Euro-Atlantic institutions.
Mallias, a former Greek envoy to Tirana, also noted that the EU and NATO hopeful experienced shaky snap elections in June and that, most recently, domestic discord has erupted in Skopje as well.
Additionally, the Greek ambassador referred to the Cyprus issue and efforts of the Republic of Cyprus' political leadership for a solution based on UN Security Council resolutions and European rules and principles.
Furthermore, he referred to the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate of Connstantinople, property and inheritance rights of the dwindling ethnic Greek minority in Turkey, as well as the issue of Imvros and Tenedos, two islands in the northeastern Aegean that were once predominately inhabited by ethnic Greeks before wholesale land appropriations by the Turkish state occurred.
Finally, he lamented the fact that Greece has not yet been included in the US visa waiver program, despite pledges made by Washington since August.
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