New York , NY – The Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO) hosted its annual National Convention on September 23 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park, NY. President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides was the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Convention. The President of the FCAO, Kyriacos Papastylianou, gave the welcoming remarks and served as Chairman of the Convention, thanking all the member organizations and delegates for attending.
President Christodoulides greeted the NEPOMAK USA members before making his remarks at the Convention. He noted how deeply moved and happy he was to participate for the first time as the President. He expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Cypriot-American community for all its efforts and support for Cyprus. He said the status quo is unacceptable; he also spoke about human rights for the legal citizens of Cyprus and finding a workable solution, pointing out that they are ready for talks to resume and for dialogue. Christodoulides added that it is essential for the U.S. to recognize the role Cyprus can play in the region for peace and stability.
The FCAO also presented the Scholarships of Academic Excellence during the National Convention to six deserving students of Hellenic descent. The scholarship awards of the FCAO are based on merit and recognize students who have demonstrated exemplary academic performance in all fields of study.
The FCAO National Convention forum brings together delegates from all over the United States and government representatives from Cyprus and Greece to address mutual challenges and share information. The FCAO National Convention focuses on the issues affecting the Greek-Cypriot community in the USA. The chapter members also had the opportunity to express and exchange views and ideas on promoting cultural, educational, and social activities in the Cypriot-American community.
The mission of the FCAO is to, preserve and promote the Hellenic Cypriot culture, heritage, principles and ideals in the United States of America through the coordination and promotion of cultural, charitable, educational, fraternal and professional activities.
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