NICOSIA – Andros Nicolaides, the former Ambassador of Cyprus to the USA and veteran EOKA fighter passed away at the age of 83 on February 4, Sigmalive.com reported.
The Ambassador was born on August 20, 1938 in Galata. He was married to Iro Makri from Ammohostos and together they had a daughter, Melina.
The Ambassador had studied in London, at the School of Journalism, in Washington, DC at George Washington University, as well as at the University of Maryland, College Park. He served in various positions in the Diplomatic Corps since 1964.
Expressing deep sorrow for his death, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted in a statement that during his long and distinguished service, Andros Nikolaidis was, among others, High Commissioner of Cyprus in New Delhi (1979-1983), Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations in Geneva (1983-1987) and then Ambassador of Cyprus to Rome (1987-1991), Bonn (1992-1996) and Washington (1996-1998). He had previously served in the Cyprus High Commission in London (1966-1968) and at the Cyprus Embassy in Washington (1968-1973 and 1974-1979).
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs express their sincere condolences to the family of the deceased, the statement concluded.
In 1998, Nicolaides was honored by the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) with the Hellenic Heritage Public Service Award, and recognized for his many years of service in the struggle for Cyprus and especially for his "successful term" as Ambassador to the U.S., then-President of AHI Gene Rossides stated at the time.
Nicolaides’ funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 9, at the Holy Temple of God Wisdom in Strovolos at 11 AM Cyprus time. The funeral service will be performed by the Most Venerable Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantia and Ammohostos.