Thursday, November 15, 2012
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES RESOLUTION URGING Hellenic
Republic to reconsider its recent decision to close the Atlanta consulate
The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a resolution on Monday expressing
its disappointment in the recently announced decision by the nation of Greece to
close its consulate in Atlanta.
Council through the resolution urged the Hellenic Republic to reconsider its
recent decision to close the Atlanta consulate.
measure was sponsored by City Council Member Kwanza Hall, who chairs the Atlanta
Committee on International Relations (ACIR).The ACIR, which meets
monthly, works to connect Atlanta’s international community with elected
officials, civic leaders, and the business community.
“For more than 30 years,
the Hellenic Republic has maintained a consular presence in the City of Atlanta,
staffed by career members of the Greek diplomatic corps,” said Hall.
“During that time, the Greek Consulate has been a strong advocate for the tens
of thousands of Greeks and Americans of Greek descent in Georgia, Kentucky,
South Carolina, and Tennessee. By passing this resolution today, my colleagues
and I hope that the Greek government will reconsider its decision.”
City of Atlanta enjoys a strong Sister City relationship with Olympia, Greece, a
relationship that it holds dear as the host city for the Centennial Olympics in
the Hellenic Republic announced plans to consolidate its consular presence in
the United States. As part of that consolidation plan, it announced the closure
of its consulate in Atlanta, with the existing consulate in Tampa taking on
greater responsibilities across the southeastern United States.