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AHI Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House
April 22, 2013—No. 32 (202) 785-8430

AHI Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated Greek Independence Day at the White House on April 18, 2013.  AHI President Nick Larigakis and AHI Board Secretary and Legal Counsel Nicholas G. Karambelas attended the ceremony officiated by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.

“We thank President Obama for hosting this event to honor Greek Independence,” Larigakis said.  “The event served to reaffirm the strong bonds of friendship between Greece and the United States, including Greece as a valued NATO ally; and to bring attention to the fact that this relationship is etched intrinsically by virtue of the noble democratic ideals and principles that guided our Founding Fathers in establishing our own country.”

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.


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April 2, 2013
Letters to the Editor
New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY  10018

Dear Editor:

Re “For Cyprus, A Sudden Need to Play Nice with Turkey” (news article, March 27):

James Kanter suggests Cyprus needs to “brush up” its relations with Turkey to create a potential natural gas pipeline that would transfer its natural gas reserves to European markets via Turkey, allowing Cyprus to address its financial crisis.  However, it is Turkey that continues a policy of non-recognition of Cyprus and pursues an aggressive and provocative stance toward Cyprus and its right to explore for natural resources within its exclusive economic zone. 

Cyprus’s banking crisis should not hinder from building a LNG plant. Turkey’s motive is to become an energy hub by capitalizing on foreign countries’ reserves (such as Cyprus, Israel and Azerbaijan) because it does not have its own.  If Turkey yearns to become an energy hub, then it is the one that must normalize relations with Cyprus.  This can begin with the removal of 43,000 Turkish occupation troops and 180,000 illegal Turkish colonists from Cyprus and work toward supporting a just and viable unification of the island.


Nick Larigakis
American Hellenic Institute
1220 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036