AHI President: US State Department to apologise to Greek Cypriots
Nicosia, Jul 21 (CNA) -- President of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) Gene Rossides has urged the US State Department to apologise to Greek Cypriots for its unlawful and other conduct in 1974, that led to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
In a letter sent to US Sectretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Rossides stresses ''on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of Turkey's illegal invasion of Cyprus on July 20, 1974, with the illegal use of American arms and equipment, the State Department should apologize to the Greek Cypriots for its unlawful and other conduct at that time which led to the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey''.
AHI President also calls upon the US State Department to ''apologize for its encouragement of the illegal coup on July 15, 1974, against President Makarios of Cyprus ordered by the Greek dictator Brigadier General Dimitrios Ioannides and the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey on July 20, 1974''.
Rossides notes that the US State Department in 1974, under Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, violated US laws by refusing to halt immediately all military arms and equipment to Turkey as required by those laws.
''The State Department has a great deal to apologize for and should do it now. I urge you to have the courage to apologize and to correct state's web site on Cyprus in the interest of accuracy, fairness and decency''.
The AHI President reminds US Secretary of State that former US President Bill Clinton had apologised in November 1999 in Athens regarding the junta and he also apologised to the people of Nicaragua regarding the US role there.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.