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March 11: Cyprus Ambassador To Speak at Carnegie Mellon March 16

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Cyprus Ambassador To Speak at Carnegie Mellon March 16

KakourisPITTSBURGH—Cyprus Ambassador to the United States Andreas Kakouris will speak at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 16 at Carnegie Mellon University. His talk, "Cyprus: A Country and People Forcibly Divided — Why Reunification Matters," will be given in the Adamson Wing, Room 136A of Baker Hall. The event, co-sponsored by the University Lecture Series and the Hellenic Student Association, is free and open to the public.  
      
The island of Cyprus has been forcibly divided since the Turkish invasion and occupation in the summer of 1974. While efforts to resolve the conflict have been unsuccessful, a new process and direct talks aimed at a negotiated solution are taking place between the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mehmet Ali Talat, under the auspices of the United Nations.
      
The ambassador will discuss the issues surrounding Cyprus, the current talks, the implications of a continued Turkish occupation, and why reunification of this small Mediterranean island and its people matters.
      
Before becoming ambassador to the U.S. in 2006, Kakouris was the Cyprus Ambassador to Ireland for four years. He also previously served as director of the Political Affairs Division (multilateral affairs) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cyprus.

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Pictured above is Cyprus Ambassador to the United States Andreas Kakouris.