Government Officials from Cyprus Visit American Hellenic Institute in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC — Cyprus Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou and three mayors representing cities located in Turkish-occupied Cyprus visited American Hellenic Institute’s (AHI’s) Hellenic House on June 8, 2012 in separate meetings.

The Honorable Alexis Ghalanos, mayor of Famagusta; the Honorable Glafkos Cariolou, mayor of Kyrenia; and the Honorable Michalis Pilikos, mayor of Lefkonicou, were the three mayors who visited AHI.

“We were honored to have these dignitaries from Cyprus visit with us,” said AHI President Nick Larigakis. “We welcomed their perspectives on the current situation on the island. We also reviewed our recent trip to Cyprus and shared our thoughts and observations.”

Cyprus Government Spokesman, Stefanos Stefanou,
(right) at AHI Headquarters with Nick Larigakis, AHI
president (AHI photo)

Government Spokesman Stefanou met with AHI President Nick Larigakis in the morning. In the afternoon, the mayors from the occupied cities met with President Larigakis, AHI Founder Gene Rossides, and AHI Board of Directors Secretary Nick Karambelas. Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the U.S. Pavlos Anastasiades accompanied the mayors.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.

(Posting date 05 June 2012)

For more information about the American Hellenic Institute in Washington, D.C., contact AHI at (202) 785-8430 or visit the groups' website at AHI was founded in 1974 following Turkey's illegal invasion and occupation of 37.3% of Cyprus. It is a membership-based organization with members throughout the nation. AHI's core mission is to promote American values and the rule of law in U.S. foreign policy and to strengthen relations between the U.S. and Greece and Cyprus as being in the best interests of the United States. It conducts an active program with Congress in espousing and supporting legislation designed to promote American interests in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean and is registered with the Congress under the Lobbying Act. The AHI Foundation is the first think-tank devoted exclusively to the study of the issues confronting the Greek American community. This organization sponsors conferences, seminars and publishes books and other materials on the issues.

HCS maintains an extensive archives for AHI articles and press releases which visitors may browse under the American Hellenic Institute Releases section of the archives at

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