The 28th Annual PSEKA Conference
The 28th Annual Cyprus and Hellenic Leadership Conference hosted by the International Coordinating Committee – Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH) was held in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 2012. The conference consisted of meetings with top US policymakers and is considered as one of the most important outreach efforts of the Greek and Cypriot-American community regarding US relations with Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.
Over 100 delegates were briefed on developments in the Cyprus problem and in Greece by Cypriot Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou, the Ambassadors of Cyprus in Washington Pavlos Anastasiades and the UN Nicos Emiliou and the Greek Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis, whom the conference honored for his long service to the Greek diplomatic service and Hellenism. The conference also honored the American Ambassador in Athens Daniel Smith.
President of the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes Andy Manatos said members of the US Congress are kept informed about Cyprus and Greek national issues through the efforts of the leadership of the Greek American community in Washington. Mr. Manatos stressed Cyprus would be in a very unfavorable position without the efforts of Greek American organizations in the US, noting that the Turkish lobby is spending a lot of money and organizes visits of US politicians to Ankara, while making financial contributions for US politicians.
The Washington conference is also attended by a delegation of the occupied municipalities of Cyprus, comprising Famagusta Mayor and President of the Union of Occupied Municipalities Alexis Galanos, Kyrenia Mayro Glafos Kariolou and Lefkoniko Mayor Michalis Pilikos.