We are focused on what our objectives are in the Greece/Cyprus/Turkey triangle.
Peace and prosperity in the region through the promotion of democracy and European law including religious tolerance and human rights. Enhance the strategic relationship between those countries and the USA, for the eradication of terrorism, the containment of Islamic fanaticism and ethnic strives.
Our efforts on our “ethnica themata” can be successful if and when we don’t lose sight of the above realistic objectives.
That said, just standing on the sidelines while United States foreign policy sacrifices what is very dear to us for the sake of expediency is not the answer.
Recent actions by the State Department that blatantly violate US and International Law while legitimizing the results of the Turkish invasion and ethnic cleansing in Cyprus, must be analyzed in order to arrive at the appropriate action without losing sight of the above goals and objectives.
Why did the Department of State make that decision?
According to the US Congressmen themselves, they were actually encouraged by the State to visit Cyprus through an illegal port of entry despite strong protests by the legitimate government on the island. Who advised the State Department to make this change in policy on Cyprus and why?
Let’s think! Think back to what the Defense Secretary Rumsfeld said about the Turk’s denial to allow our troops safe passage to Iraq. That unexpected betrayal prevented our troops from crushing the enemy thus the continued insurgence.
In the mean time, the Turks continued to disrupt our efforts in Iraq with clandestine operations and covert actions against the Iraqi Kurds who are our main allies. US/Turkish relations were not severed despite such high treason in this difficult war effort of our troops.
Compare this to Greece’s decision to allow US and allied troops to land in Thessaloniki when NATO attacked Serbia.
All the while, the most popular book in Turkey is about a fictional war between the US and Turkey, a country that boasts the highest rate of anti- Americanism.
Apparently, the State retreated back to “managing” the Cyprus problem instead of actively promoting an amicable and workable solution. Or is it “mismanaging”?
This is exactly where we, AHEPA, as the leading Greek American organization, come into place. It is our solemn duty to advise our policy makers in Washington on issues relating to Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
We just can’t sit on the sidelines while the Turks do their “song and dance”.
SP Frank Manios is urging us to support Congressman Bilirakis’ effort to inform his colleagues about the continued illegal occupation of 40% of the island by Turkey and that no “country” can be created with the use of force. Turkey is the only country that recognizes the state-let created on stolen property and visiting the occupied area via an illegitimate port of entry is a slap on our face. We deserve some respect.
Vassos Chrysanthou, PDG #5
AHEPA Cyprus and Hellenic Affairs Committee