President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades honored on Wednesday the former President of the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood of Great Britain and former President of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots Haris Sophoclides, with the Medal of Excellent Services to the Republic of Cyprus.
At a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace, President Anastasiades said that the state will continue to honor on a more regular basis, Cypriots living abroad who have offered a lot to the country and to its 41 year old struggle.
“Tonight we honor the efforts of our renowned compatriot, Haris Sophoclides. At the same time we know that both in America, in Europe and in other countries there are more important Cypriots who offered a lot. We will not overlook anyone”, he said.
The President said that the Republic of Cyprus honored Haris Sophoclides with the medal of “Excellent Services”, which is awarded to individuals who have offered important services to the Cypriot people. As he said, Sophoclides’ outstanding services in the Cypriot Diaspora, as President of the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood of Great Britain and as President of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots, have placed him among the leading figures of the Cypriot Diaspora.
“During his long term in office, Harris Sophoclides developed intense activity to highlight the island’s division, as a result of the Turkish invasion. He has also worked hard and contributed to progress of the Cypriot Diaspora of Great Britain, but also of all Cypriot expatriates. His tireless and effective action, his ethos, his moral strength and humanity have gained him the deepest appreciation and the love of all our compatriots,” he said.
The President also referred to Sophoclides broad social and charity work as president of the Lions Club, as trustee of the Carter Centre and as Chairman and member of the Radiomarathon Committee of the London Greek Radio (LGR).
Sophoclides thanked the President, and added “Although I am the guest of honor, I think the headline tonight is not Sophoclides, but that the fact that at last there is recognition for the contribution of the Diaspora to Cyprus and the national issues. ”
He expressed hope that there will be a successful outcome of the long struggle to reunite Cyprus, which has been divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY