09 June, 2003
NEW YORK 09/06/2003 (ANA)
CIA Director George Tenet was the guest of honor at a banquet here over the weekend organized by the Pancyprian Association of America, where he was also presented with the group’s “Freedom Award”.
Speaking before an audience of some 800 mostly Greek-Americans, Tenet referred to his agency activity as a tireless guardian of America’s security, particularly in light of the dastardly 9/11 attacks in the United States and the subsequent military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He also referred to the Middle East situation and Cyprus, where he noted that the principles of human rights must be followed in both cases.
In reference to his family’s roots in the ethnic Greek minority of Albania, Tenet noted that “we northern Epirots understand the Cypriots better,” he said during his brief address, attended by many of America’s most distinguished Greek-Americans and Cypriot-Americans, as well as his family.
The Greek permanent representative to the UN and Cypriot ambassador to the United States also attended the event.
Source: Athens News Agency