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[GOAA] ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS MEETS WITH COLIN POWELL
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Mon, 15 Nov 2004 16:58:21 -0800
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For Immediate Release
November 15, 2004
Contact: Nikki Stephanopoulos
ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS MEETS WITH
SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL AND OTHER
STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS
New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America today led a
delegation of representatives from several Greek American organizations
to the State Department for a meeting with Under Secretary for Political
Affairs Marc Grossman. At the meeting, substantive discussions took
place concerning the recognition by the United States of the Former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.) as "Republic of Macedonia".
Immediately following, Archbishop Demetrios met privately with Secretary
of State Colin Powell for the same issue.
In both meetings, U.S. officials expressed their clear position for the
support of the existing United Nations' process in finding a name that
will be commonly acceptable.
After his meeting with Secretary of State Powell, Archbishop Demetrios
said, "We had very good meetings with Under Secretary Grossman and with
Secretary of State Powell. Both listened to us carefully and they have
full knowledge of the difficulties and the pain which have been caused to
the Greek Orthodox Community in America and to the people of Greece.
They promised that they will work towards the final solution and the
overcoming of the problem which has been created. We believe in the
power of God's intervention in difficulties, and while we pray fervently,
we continue in every humanly possible way to offer as much as we can."
The Archbishop was accompanied by Andrew Athens, President of the World
Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and National Chairman of the United
Hellenic American Congress (UHAC); Sotirios Proios, Supreme President of
the Pan-Macedonian Association USA; Franklin Manios, Supreme President
of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA);
and Michael Jaharis, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council.
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