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AHI General Counsel calls for US action for just solution in Cyprus
2003-08-17 12:22:43

Nicosia, Aug 16 (CNA) - American Hellenic Institute's (AHI) General Counsel Gene Rossides urged the US to take action to achieve a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem based on democratic norms and the rule of law.

In a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell with the completion of 29 years from the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, Rossides stated that ''the United States bears a responsibility to redress the situation in Cyprus and it is in its interests to do so''.

Rossides also urged Secretary Powell to oppose the administration's foreign aid request of 225 million dollars in economic and military aid for Turkey in the fiscal year 2004 appropriations bill.|

Referring to Turkey's invasion of Cyprus, Rossides noted that it was carried out ''with the illegal use of American arms and equipment, hundreds of US tanks and airplanes which resulted in a land grab by Turkey of 37% of Cyprus".

Addressing the current US policy towards Cyprus, Rossides stressed that ''the time is propitious for positive movement on a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem'' because of Cyprus's accession to the EU and Turkey's unreliability as a strategic ally as demonstrated in the Iraqi operation.

In his letter to Secretary Powell, Rossides also emphasised the need for the immediate return of Famagusta, the speedy demilitarization of Cyprus and the prompt return of the illegal Turkish settlers to Turkey.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

CNA/MAN/EC/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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