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Sires Remarks at the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes Breakfast

May 25, 2011
Floor Statement

Thank you for the kind introduction.

I would like to thank all of those involved in putting together the 27th Annual Cyprus and Hellenic Leadership Conference, with a special thank you to Mr. Andrew Manatos the President of the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, who works diligently every year to bring together the most prominent Greek-American leaders from across the country with leaders here in D.C.  I am truly honored to accept this award today as a symbol of the invaluable and historic relationship between the great nations of Greece and the United States.

The United States is a country of immigrants and it would not be the country it is today without the contributions of Greek-Americans.  The United States and Greece have enjoyed a long-standing friendship based on cultural, political, economic and military ties.  And with today's ever growing global challenges, it is more important than ever that we continue to strengthen our committed partnership to ensure strong international cooperation. I am also strongly committed to supporting our Greek allies in the settlement process of the Cyprus issue.

After my visit to Cyprus several years ago, I saw first-hand the violations of human rights and anti-democratic measures that have occurred on the island for the past decades. It is my hope that soon Cyprus will reach a settlement that will lead to a fair and lasting agreement for the benefit of all Cypriots.

Thank you again for this great honor and thank you all for your support of the Hellenic Community.