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AHI Hosts Farewell Dinner in Honor of Ambassador Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: MARIA FRANGOMIHALOS
July 29, 2003 No. 36 (202) 785-8430

AHI Hosts Farewell Dinner in Honor of Ambassador Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis

WASHINGTON, DC—On July 23, 2003, the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) bid a warm farewell to departing Cyprus Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, at a dinner held in her honor at the Capital Hilton Hotel. Ambassador Marcoullis was presented with the AHI Hellenic Heritage and National Public Service Award in recognition of her diligent and successful endeavors promoting a strong and collaborative relationship between Cyprus and the U.S. during her tenure in Washington.

During her acceptance remarks, Ambassador Marcoullis thanked AHI for its steadfast and positive support of Cypriot issues, stressing the importance of its policy initiatives.

Greek Ambassador to the U.S. George Savvaides gave the keynote speech praising Ambassador Marcoullis’ exceptional efforts and her role in Cyprus’s successful accession to the EU on April 16, 2003.

Ambassador Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis was appointed Ambassador of Cyprus to the U.S. in September 1998. Her career in the Cypriot foreign service spans more than twenty-three years, with resident assignments in Sweden and the United States. When Ambassador Marcoullis returns to Nicosia, she will be in charge of the Division at the Foreign Ministry that has responsibility for what is generally known as the Cyprus problem—the tragic division of Cyprus that began twenty-nine years ago with the Turkish invasion of the Mediterranean island nation.

AHI Founder Gene Rossides introduced and presented the award to Ambassador Marcoullis. Guests attending the dinner came from states as far away as California, North Carolina, and Connecticut.

For additional information or photographs from AHI’s farewell dinner in honor of Ambassador Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, please contact Maria Frangomihalos at (202) 785-8430 or [email protected]. For general information regarding the activities of AHI, please review our website at http://www.ahiworld.org.

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The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) and its affiliate organizations, the American Hellenic Institute Public Affairs Committee (AHIPAC), the American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF), and the AHI Business Network, a division of the AHI, are working together under one roof, to provide a joint program for strengthening United States relations with Greece and Cyprus and within the American Hellenic community.