Another year is added to the decades of concerns and troubles of the Greek Diaspora around the world for a just, viable and functional settlement of the Cyprus dispute. The “Black Anniversary” of July 20 brings back, even more intensely, the painful memories of those days and the events that followed.
Today, 38 years later, with a clear voice, we are actively promoting the message “I won’t forget”, which for us Greeks Abroad does not constitute a “dead letter”
Complacency cannot be our ally in the case of Cyprus. Under no circumstances should we allow oblivion to overshadow the blatant injustice that occurred in 1974 against the Greek and, subsequently, the Turkish-Cypriot Community in the martyred island.
We would like to remind you:
• The presence of Turkish occupation forces
• The brutal violation of human rights
• The illegal settlers
• The violation of Greek – Cypriot properties in the enslaved homeland
• The atrocious plundering of the invaluable Cultural and Religious heritage of our Cyprus;
It is estimated that over 520 Greek Orthodox churches and chapels and 17 monasteries in the occupied areas have been pillaged, vandalized or destroyed. Some have been turned into stables while others have been converted into hotels, casinos and bars.
• That the determination of the fate of all missing persons in the Cypriot tragedy is still pending
These are only a few of the issues, for which, we all have a sacred duty to continue the struggles together.
In this course, we, both Greeks and Cypriots, continue to seek valuable allies. We know that we are not alone and for that we are grateful.
The latest resolutions, numbered S. Con. Res. 47, introduced by Senators Robert Menendez and Olympia Snowe, and H.Res.676, submitted in the U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, by Reps. Gus Bilirakis and Eliot Engel on June 5th 2012, primarily condemn Turkish policies threatening the efforts of Cyprus to develop its natural resources, as well as the excessive settlement of the region.
These resolutions must be supported by all means by Greek American organizations, by every Greek – American individually, knowing that we have the power to exert our influence to the U.S. Government, employing our local representatives in the U.S. House and Senate.
Let’s not forget to stress to everyone that Cyprus, an equal Member of the European Union, still is, for nearly four decades now, the only divided country in the civilized world.
“I won’t forget” and “I continue to fight”; this is our motto, until we celebrate the much desired reunification of Cyprus, where the future of Hellenism is determined.
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