Dr. Otto Von Habsburg Completes Final Leg of US Tour - April 18-22, 2005


European Statesman Promotes US-European Relations in New York City April 18-22, 2005

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Dr. Otto von Habsburg, a legendary statesman and one of the initial architects of the European Union, completed a five-day program in New York City on Thursday, the last stop on his three-week visit to the United States.

"I'm delighted that Dr. Otto von Habsburg chose New York, as he has done so often in the past, to spread his message of optimism for the betterment of US-European relations and the prospects for national minorities in the new Europe," said George E. Pataki, Governor of New York.

Eldest son of the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor and scion of the historic House of Habsburg, the 93-year-old former European Parliament representative had private meetings, gave three lectures, and was the guest of honor at formal events with prominent members of New York society. In his public and private meetings he emphasized the significance for the United States of the expanding European Union and advocated closer ties between the US and the new, larger Europe. Dr. Habsburg's visit to New York City was the final stop on his US tour, which also took him to Cleveland and Washington, D.C. He was accompanied by his wife Archduchess Regina von Habsburg, son Archduke Ambassador Georg von Habsburg, daughter Archduchess Gabriela von Habsburg and grandson Mr. Severin Meister.

On April 18, the first day of his visit, 200 guests attended a lecture at the New York Hungarian House given by Dr. Habsburg on the importance of securing the rightful place for minorities in the new Europe. In attendance were leaders of the Hungarian-American community: Rev. Les Martin, director of the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America and Mr. Stephen J. Varga, president of the William Penn Association.

On Wednesday Dr. Habsburg gave a talk at the New School followed by a luncheon hosted by the University's President, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey. Dr. Habsburg concentrated on the major issues facing Europe today, including the problems of a changing Russia, while emphasising the support of the peoples of the "New Europe" for the United States. "I am enchanted by what my Hungarian-American friends are doing here for Central Europe," said Dr. Habsburg.

Prominent members of New York society were in attendance at two formal events in honor of Dr. Habsburg. His Excellency Sir Emyr Jones Parry, the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Lady Lynn Jones Parry hosted a dinner in his honor on April 20 and the Foreign Policy Association hosted a reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kimmelman on April 22.

Additionally, Dr. Habsburg met with former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown, and was the guest of honor at a luncheon at the Hungarian Consulate.

Please see the photo gallery for photos of these events.

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