The Cyprus Federation of America honored Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Mary Jaharis and Mr. George David, OBE at their Annual Testimonial Dinner for their dedication to Hellenism, Orthodoxy and humanity and philanthropy.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades addressed the guests and has pledged that the relaunch of the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement remains the government’s first priority.
Addressing the Cyprus Federation of America’s 2013 Testimonial Dinner, that took place in New York Wednesday September 25 for the benefit of the needy children of Cyprus, President Anastasiades also said that Cyprus is working tirelessly towards the restructuring of the economy.
“The re-launching of the negotiations under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary-General in the framework of his Good Offices Mission, aiming at a fair, viable and mutually acceptable settlement to the Cyprus question based on the relevant Security Council Resolutions and the principles upon which the EU operates, remains our first priority”, said the President. He noted that the settlement must serve, above all, the legitimate interests and be for the benefit of the people of Cyprus as a whole and not for any third country. Anastasiades underlined that the negotiations “must be properly and thoroughly prepared in order to ensure that the aforementioned objectives are jointly and unequivocally shared and that the negotiations will bear fruit”. “We cannot afford another failure,” he stressed.
He expressed “firm conviction that the substantive involvement of the European Union in this procedure is desirable”.
President Anastasiades said that in spite of the economic hardships, “Cyprus as a whole is working tirelessly towards the much-needed restructuring of its economy. Unfortunately, the painful consequences impact the most vulnerable”.
The Government, he added, has implemented a series of measures to overcome the challenges, but targeted and well-organised philanthropy, such as last night’s event, is also crucial.
President Anastasiades praised the three philanthropists who were honoured for their dedication to Hellenism, Orthodoxy and humanity, Michael and Mary Jaharis, as well as George A. David, OBE.
He also commended the Cyprus Federation of America, which has been a pioneer in establishing close ties between the people of Cyprus and the United States. With over 25 active chapters across the US, it has worked tirelessly in support of collective efforts for the reunification of Cyprus and the restoration of the human rights of its people. The highlight of the evening came during Michael Jaharis’ acceptance speech when he praised the “leadership and tireless efforts of Cyprus’ Consul General in New York Koula Sophianou, especially citing her work in behalf of children in need, and pledged an additional $200,000 for the children of Cyprus.
Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos also addressed the event, as well as Archbishop Demetrios of America.
New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Photos by: ETA Press