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FCAO honors the 47th Anniversary of the illegal invasion of Cyprus - July 20th, 1974

July 11, 2021

The event was attended by dignitaries, including the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN Ambassador Andreas Hadjichrysanthou, the Consul General of Greece in New York, Dr. Konstantinos Koutras, and New York State Assemblyman Michael Tannousis.

The commemoration continued in the community's Sarantakos Hall with a screening of a short documentary produced by the FCAO and a photo exhibit with images from the illegal invasion of Cyprus that was sponsored by the Cyprus Press and Information Office. 

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who presided over the memorial service, made extensive reference to the need to preserve our historical memory. 

Speaking at the lunch that followed the memorial service and hosted by FCAO, the President of PSEKA, Philip Christopher, thanked those present for attending the memorial service and the entire Greek community that for 47 years, they have been fighting to keep the Cyprus issue alive in the US. 

The President of the FCAO, Kyriacos Papastylianou, expressed his concern about the course of the Cyprus problem, calling on the Greek community to support the efforts to effectively promote the issue in Congress and at the center of the governmental decision-making process. "After 47 years, not only are we are not improving, but we also see a worsening of the problem. We recently heard about the opening of the seaside town of Varosha. We all, more or less, know what the result will be.

We must continue to fight and keep the Cyprus issue a priority," said the President of FCAO.

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