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CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

AHEPA Talks Latest on Cyprus, Greece at State Dept.,
Capitol Hill Meetings
The purpose of these meetings was to convey AHEPA's
support for a provision in the FY 2016 National Defense
Authorization Act (NDAA) that requests an assessment of
the security relationship between the United States and
the Republic of Cyprus. The bill is in conference committee as the House and Senate work out their differences.
All of the congressional offices with which AHEPA met
are conferees of the bill. Also, Supreme President John W.
Galanis sent a letter to conferees that conveyed AHEPA's
position in support of the provision.
AHEPA with DAS Sloat (center) and her colleagues at the State Department.

Chairman of the Board Nicholas Karacostas, PSP, and Executive
Director Basil Mossaidis held meetings at the State Department
and on Capitol Hill, July 23, mostly on the topic of developments
with Cyprus. At the Department of State, they met with Deputy
Assistant Secretary Amanda Sloat, Nicole Lima Nucelli, Greece
desk officer; and Larina Helm Konold, Cyprus desk officer. There,
they discussed the current state of
the Cyprus settlement talks and
reviewed AHEPA's spring leadership excursion that included a
visit to Cyprus, where the delegation surveyed restoration efforts
for Apostolos Andreas monastery
and met with representatives from
the UN Development Programme
Technical Committee on Cultural
Heritage who are working on the
project. Also, USAID is one of the
Chairman Karacostas, PSP,
financial contributors to the projExecutive Director Mossaidis with
ect. AHEPA first visited Apostolos
Sen. McCain.
Andreas on a historic goodwill
mission in May 2001. Karacostas and Mossaidis also discussed
Greece's debt crisis with DAS Sloat and her colleagues.
On Capitol Hill, they met with: U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis,
co-chair, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues; the Office of
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, member, House Committee on
Armed Services; and the Senate Committee on Armed Services professional staff of U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who is the ranking
member of the Armed Services Committee. Chairman Karacostas
and Executive Director Mossaidis also had a shared a moment with
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ).
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THE AHEPAN ยท Fall 2015

Rodney Davis

Dan Donovan

Robin Kelly

Rick Larsen

AHEPA Welcomes Four to
the Hellenic Caucus
AHEPA welcomes four U.S. representatives to the
Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, announced
Supreme President John W Galanis. U.S. Reps. Rodney
Davis (R-IL), Dan Donovan (R-NY), Robin Kelly (D-IL) and
Rick Larsen (D-WA) are the newest members to join the
Hellenic Caucus.
"We thank these U.S. Representatives for joining
the Caucus," Galanis said. "We look forward to working
with them, and their staffs, on issues of importance to
the American Hellenic community. We also thank the
grassroots outreach efforts of Ahepans in Region Six
who helped to secure Representatives Kelly's and Davis'
membership in the Caucus."
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