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AHI protests over US business trip to occupied areas
2005-02-17 11:48:27

Nicosia, Feb 17 (CNA) -- President of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Gene Rossides has sent a letter of protest to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, regarding today's arrival of a US business delegation in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, accompanied by a US Embassy commercial attache in Ankara.

In his letter, Rossides says that ''promoting a US-sanctioned business trip to northern Cyprus portrays the US as uninterested in solving the Cyprus issue in a viable and just manner that is equitable to both sides.''

Rossides notes the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus and points out that the US business delegation trip, accompanied by a US diplomat, is a violation of relevant UN resolutions.

He adds that issues such as the illegal exploitation of Greek Cypriot property in the Turkish occupied areas should be seriously taken into consideration, since any US commercial activity in the puppet regime would be a blatant violation of European and international law.

Meanwhile, in a press release Washington-based AHI says that letters have been sent to members of Congress, asking them to intervene.

Already, Congressman Frank Pallone has sent a letter of protest to the Secretary of State.

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