AHI Delegation Departs
on its Annual
Trip to Greece and Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC—The annual AHI delegation departs tomorrow for a two-week trip to Cyprus and Greece. A delegation representing the American Hellenic Institute will travel from May 29-June 10, 2005, making stops in Nicosia, Thessaloniki and Athens. The delegation is scheduled to meet with government officials and business leaders in both countries to discuss items of mutual concern and cooperation. Through this visit, the delegation aims to advance and project AHI's goals and objectives in Greece and Cyprus.

Highlights of the trip include meetings with President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos and President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias. Additionally, AHI will kick off its 1st Annual Athens Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner on June 7, 2005, honoring former President of the Hellenic Republic Konstantinos Stephanopoulos.

Further, the delegation will meet with U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Michael Klosson, U.S. Ambassador to Greece Charles Ries, and U.S. Consul General to Thessaloniki Demetra Pappas.

The delegation includes: AHI President Gene Rossides, AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis, AHI Athens Chapter President Ilias Malevitis, Advisory Committee Members Kostas Alexakis, Van Coufoudakis, Nicholas G. Karambelas and President of the Hellenic American National Council Ted G. Spyropoulos. In addition, four other AHI members will participate including: Erica Knickman-Spyropoulos, Costas G. Alexandrides, Takey Crist and Elias Papadopoulos.

The delegation will conduct meetings in Nicosia from May 29-June 2, then will proceed to Thessaloniki, staying there from June 2- June 4, and concluding the trip in Athens from June 5-June 10

For more information about the American Hellenic Institute in Washington, D.C., contact Georgia Economou, Director of Public Relations for AHI, at (202) 785-8430 or at georgia@ahiworld.org, or visit the groups' website at http://www.ahiworld.org. 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 http://www.helleniccomserve.com/contents.html.

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