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Special Presidential Emissary For Cyprus And Special Cyprus Coordinator Visit Hellenic House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JONATHAN CLARKE
April 24, 2000 No. 24/2000 (202) 785-8430

Special Presidential Emissary For Cyprus And Special Cyprus Coordinator Visit Hellenic House

On April 21, 2000 the American Hellenic Institute was pleased to welcome Special Presidential Emissary for Cyprus Ambassador Al Moses and Special Cyprus Coordinator Ambassador Thomas Weston to Hellenic House. Following the visit, the Ambassadors were entertained to luncheon at the Washington Hilton where they gave a briefing and answered round-table questions on the current status of the Cyprus settlement negotiations.

The discussion covered a range of topics including the continuing commitment of the Clinton administration to achieving a Cyprus settlement based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation. In answer to a question about the Turkish Cypriot demand for 'confederation,' the position of the U.S. Government, publicly stated on numerous occasions, was expressly reiterated that this was a 'non-starter.'

The questions from persons attending the luncheon covered a broad range of issues relating to Cyprus. They highlighted a widespread concern among the Greek American community that the Clinton Administration has not kept its campaign pledges to the Greek American community regarding Cyprus and has not put sufficient pressure on Turkey to reach a Cyprus settlement in accordance with the rule of law.

The persons attending the luncheon were AHI Chairman Jim Marketos, AHIPAC Chairman Nick Chimicles, AHI Counsel Nick Karambelas, AHEPA Supreme President George Dariotis, Hellenic American Women's Council President Dora Hancock, Pancyprians of Metropolitan Washington President Andreas Periclis and AHI members Kostas Alexakis, Steve Yeonas, Ambassador Patrick Theros, Manny Rouvelas, Christine Warnke and AHI founder Eugene T. Rossides.