New York.- (Greek NewsOnline)
Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece will be honored with the Freedom Award at the 2017 Testimonial Dinner of the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations which will take place on Thursday, September 21st, 2017, 7:00 pm at Terrace on the Park. The Freedom Award honors individuals for their exemplary contribution to the security or national interests of Cyprus and world peace.
The annual Testimonial Dinner organized by FCAO—the leading organization dedicated to the promotion of Greek Cypriot cultural heritage in the United States—will be co-chaired by His Excellency Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, along with the heads of the diplomatic missions of Greece and Cyprus in New York and Washington will also be present. As the president of the Federation Kyriakos Papastylianou told the “Greek News”, the Foreign Ministers of Albania and fYROM we will also attend the event, that he has described as “full house”.
Mr Papastylianou told the Greek News that the Federation decided to honor Mr Kotzias for his patriotism and his positions on the Cyprus issue, especially during the latest face of the Cyprus talks, when he stated clearly that there is no solution with rights of intervention, guarantees and foreign troops.
“His view that Hellenism must stand steadfastly and decisively with Cyprus makes him an example and an encouragement in our struggle”, Papastylianou said.
Nikos Kotzias studied Economics, Political Science and Philosophy, Law and European Integration in Greece and Germany. He worked as a researcher and taught at the Universities of Marburg, Oxford, and Harvard, and he holds the position of Professor of Political Theories and International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus. He has specialized in issues of policy and political systems, societies and foreign policy of Brazil, India, and Russia. He has been a member of many globally recognized international research teams on contemporary issues.
He has authored 24 scientific works and a collection of poems, 300 scientific texts and over 4,000 political articles in newspapers and magazines, and he has written columns for the newspapers “Axia” and “KyriakatikiEleftherotypia,” as well as for the magazine “Epikaira.” Until 2008, he served as an Expert at the Foreign Ministry leaving with the rank of Expert-Ambassador. At the Foreign Ministry, he headed a number of research and planning teams. He served as a member of the first National Council on Foreign Policy. He has participated in many important negotiations, successfully defending and promoting Greece’s interests and positions.
The Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO) is a non-profit umbrella organization representing 23 Greek Cypriot American organizations located throughout the United States. Its mission is to develop good relations and solidarity amongst its chapters, to promote their common goals, represent their common interests and the coordination of their common, social, educational, philanthropic, and cultural activities. The FCAO undertakes and promotes charitable activities primarily within the Cypriot-American and Greek-American communities; preserves and promotes the Greek language and Greek Cypriot history in the United States; supports the leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States in the establishment and preservation of Greek American identity and the Greek Orthodox faith in the United States; and preserves and promotes the Greek Cypriot cultural heritage in the United States.
The Annual Testimonial Dinner of the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations is held every September in New York. Past honorees have included Dr. ChrysostomosNikias, President of the University of Southern California, philanthropists Michael and Mary Jaharis, American Jewish Council, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), former Vice President of the USA Joe Biden, Senator Robert Menendez and former Prime Minister of Greece Kostas Karamanlis.