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Dear George:

Your work over the past four decades at Voice of America has been instrumental in the relationships between Greece, Cyprus and the United States. When I arrived in Washington in January 2007, you were my first Greek contact and I will never forget the invaluable advice that you offered to me as I took over as co-chair of the Hellenic Caucus. Without your advice and counsel, this transition would have been a much more difficult endeavor. Over the years, I have relied on your reporting, insight, experience, and endless knowledge to help shape and format issues that are important to the Hellenic Caucus. I am saddened that you will no longer be on the air, but I know that your retirement is well deserved and your legacy will continue on at VOA, in the United States, Greece and in Cyprus.

Your work as a journalist and producer has received numerous awards in the United States and Greece, including the Gusi Peace Prize in Journalism. I was honored to nominate you for this prestigious award and could not agree more to the panel’s citation celebrating your “untiring efforts, working for people’s amelioration, to find peaceful solutions to political and social issues through broadcast journalism, through Voice of America.”

The Hellenic Community here and abroad owes you a debt of gratitude for your outstanding reporting of American politics to the people of Greece and Cyprus. You will be a tough act to follow with your impressive work ethic and tireless commitment to journalism.

I wish you all the best as I am sure you will continue to be an Ambassador for the Hellenic Community around the world for many years to come. I look forward to future visits with you in my office to continue our insightful discussions about Greece and Cyprus.

Here is to your continued good health and a much deserved rest with your ever patient wife, Barbara. AXIOS.

Sincerely,

Gus Bilirakis
Member of Congress
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