Rep. Maloney and 45 Members of Congress Urge Secretary Rice to Continue Assistance to Greece

Sep 12, 2007
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, and forty-five Members of Congress sent a letter (click here for a copy of the letter) to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressing concern for the situation in Greece after the fires that killed more than sixty people and ravaged thousands of acres of land.  The United States has pledged at least $1.3 million in aid to Greece, but the long-term effects of the disaster are not yet known.

"Greece is an important friend and ally to our country, and it is imperative that we help its citizens in their time of need," said Rep. Maloney.  "As Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, I will be working with my colleagues and with the Administration to ensure that we assist Greece in the recovery and rebuilding process."

Background 

Established in 1996, the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues works to foster and improve relations between the United States and Greece.  The Caucus brings a renewed congressional focus on key diplomatic, military, and human rights issues in a critical part of the world.  The members of the Caucus introduce legislation, arrange briefings on current events, and disseminate information to interested parties.  The topics on which the Caucus focuses include U.S. aid to Greece and Cyprus, the conflict in Cyprus, U.S. relations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and developments in the Aegean.  In the 110th Congress, the Caucus has more than 130 members.

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