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07 March, 2000
Five eminent Greek-Americans of the sectors of media and science, and two Philhellene American Congressmen were honored by the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) at a function held Sunday at a central Washington hotel.
Vice-president of America On Line, the largest internet provider in the world, and co-owner of the Washington-based Capital hockey team and Wizards basketball team Ted Leonsis, MIT professor of nuclear physics Dr. Elias Gyftopoulos, president of the Arts & Entertainment, History Channel and Biography Channel cable television stations Nicholas Davatzes, CBS presenter Thalia Assouras, and doctor Theodoros Lyras were honored at the event, marking the 25th anniversary of AHI's establishment.
Also honored were US Senator William Roth (Republican-Delaware) and Donald Payne (Democrat-New Jersey).
The awards were announced by another eminent Greek-American, CNN financial news presenter John Metaxas.
The recipients paid tribute to AHI founder and driving force Eugene Rossides for his long-term contribution to the national issues and the rule of law in Washington. Rossides was one of the leaders of the successful campaign for the imposition of an arms embargo on Turkey in 1974 immediately after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
The two US politicians urged for pressure on Turkey so that it would contribute to achieving a just solution of the Cyprus issue, while Congressman Payne also endorsed the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, a cause that he has personally campaigned for.
Leonsis told the gathering that as the liberalization of the Internet progressed in Greece and Turkey, so did the prospects increase for exchanges of ideas and influence that could positively effect even the Cyprus issue.
Source: Athens News Agency