General Greek Consul Aghi Balta Awarded in NY

The Cyprus Federation of America held a farewell reception for the General Consul of Greece in NY, Mrs. Aghi Balta and was attendeded by the Greek-Cypriot Community on Thursday, December 22, for her 4 years of service to the community. The President Mr. Panicos Papaicolaou and the CFA board awarded Mrs. Balta with a replica of the Kyrenia Ship, a photo album of all the events she attended and spent with them and a camera to take with her as a memento.

Before the members of the boards of the Greek-American and Greek-Cypriot Communities, the Archbishop of America Demetrios and several other attendees, Mrs. Balta accepted the honoring award and commented that she was very touched by the honor bestowed upon her.

“Greece is a country with a millennia long history. Its cultural heritage is its unique strength. We need to trust this strength for the future. Soon our country will get back on its feet. We have your support. We have Greece. The Greeks of America are an exceptional example of what the Greek people is capable of achieving. Be strong and have faith,” said Mrs. Balta.

The Greek Consul has received special awards from other organizations, such as the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Asgata Association “Cyprus’ in an event held at  “Terrace On The Park”.

Mrs. Balta was loved by the entire Greek Community in NYC and they all thanked her for all she has done for the community and helped with their problems during the past 4 years.

Mrs. Balta will be serving in Chile beginning in January 10, 2012, in order to represent Greece in the Latin American country for the next 4 years. Her place in NY will be covered by diplomat Mr. George Heliopoulos.

Photo credits: Greek American News Photo Agency DIMITRIOS S. PANAGOS