The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As an American citizen, I am very concerned with the continued occupation of approximately 40% of the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereign territory by Turkey.
On July 20th, 1974, Turkey, a NATO member and a questionable ally, armed with American weapons, invaded, and for twenty-nine years continues to occupy Cyprus, demonstrating utter disregard for the human rights of all the people of Cyprus. Almost a third of the population, including both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, became refugees in their own country. The few Greek Cypriots who remained in the occupied area faced ethnic cleansing.
The fate of the one thousand and six hundred (1,600) missing Greek-Cypriots, including some American citizens, is still unknown, maintaining the agony and despair of their families. 115,000 illegal settlers have been imported from Turkey, in an effort to change the demographic structure of the island, which is a crime against humanity according to the Geneva Convention. Properties of Greek Cypriots, including those owned by American citizens, have been illegally usurped and redistributed.
Turkey’s acts of violence towards the Cypriot people constitute acts of terrorism, which continue to be perpetrated upon the Cypriot people, denying them the right to live freely within their own sovereign territory. The war against terrorism is your administration’s priority. People worldwide have the fundamental right to live freely and exercise their democratic values. However, the Cypriot people have been and continue to be deprived of this right. I thereby urge you to consider Turkey’s terrorist acts, and I ask that you include Cyprus’ freedom from the aggressor as part of this administration’s priorities.
As an advocate for freedom and a leader of the free world, you can exert your influence and press for:
The Republic of Cyprus’ accession to the European Union is a catalyst for a just and viable solution. I encourage you to use your power so that the entire population of the Republic, including the occupied area and the Turkish-Cypriots, can enjoy together with the Greeks, Maronites, Armenians, Latins and other Cypriots, the democratic principles and security in Europe. Mr. Denktash’s latest ploy to ease the restrictions of movement between the free and the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus is not the solution to the problem. It has, however, proven to the world that all Cypriots can live together in harmony and peace. The majority of Turkish-Cypriots have repeatedly demonstrated in favor of a united sovereign Cyprus with no borders, member of the European Union.
Turkey must decide whether it will follow and comply with international law along with the rest of the free world, or be on the side with the “axis of evil” and be held accountable for its actions against the Republic of Cyprus, and the harm that continues to inflict upon the Cypriot people.
Mr. President, I trust that you will strive to bring freedom to all the people of Cyprus and an end to Turkey’s state-terrorism. A just, viable, and fair resolution to the Cyprus issue will bring peace and stability to the region, which is in the best interest of the United States.