After five years of service as the Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States, Mrs. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis was hailed upon her departure as a “determined, effective and articulate advocate for her country.” Ambassador Marcoullis returns to Nicosia at the end of August, where she will be in charge of the Division at the Foreign Ministry with responsibility for what is generally known as the Cyprus problem—the forcible division of the Republic of Cyprus imposed for twenty-nine years by Turkey’s military occupation.
In a career in the Cypriot Foreign Service that spans more than twenty-three years, Ambassador Marcoullis held concurrent ambassadorial accreditation to Canada, Brazil, Jamaica and Guyana while serving as Ambassador to the United States. Prior to her U.S. service, she served as Ambassador to Sweden with concurrent accreditation to Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
At a reception on August 25 for more than 300 guests hosted by the Embassy of Cyprus to honor her tour of duty, Mrs. Marcoullis’ ambassadorship was celebrated by current and former U.S. government officials, representatives of Congress, international diplomats, representatives from Washington’s “think tanks” and media organizations, businesses and community leaders. Dignitaries among the guests at the Embassy reception included the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman, State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Ambassador Tom Weston, former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Donald Bandler and many Ambassadors from around the world. Other distinguished guests included leaders and members of the Cypriot and Greek-American communities and many friends of Cyprus.
In a farewell message that appeared in the Embassy’s August Cyprus Newsletter, the Ambassador wrote: “I feel extremely gratified that my departure comes at a time of excellent U.S.-Cyprus relations and effective cooperation at all levels, primarily in the struggle to rid the world of the scourge of terrorism.”
In the weeks leading up to her departure, Ambassador Marcoullis discussed recent developments concerning Cyprus with several leading U.S. State Department policymakers, including Undersecretary for Political Affairs Marc Grossman, Undersecretary for Global Affairs Paula Dobrianski, Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Elizabeth Jones and Special Coordinator for Cyprus Tom Weston.
She also reviewed the situation in the Congress, where on July 23, a luncheon honoring Ambassador Marcoullis was held in the Members dining room of the U.S. Capitol Building, co-hosted by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Andy Manatos, President of the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenism. Guests included Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Peter Deutsch (D-FL). Additional Congressional office meetings were held with Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Rep. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ).