American Hellenic Institute protests US invitation to T/C leader
Nicosia, Oct 27 -- AHI President Gene Rossides has sent a letter to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice protesting her forthcoming meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, noting that the invitation only encourages his continued intransigence on Cyprus.
''This decision is not in the best interests of the United States as it relates to supporting a just and viable solution to the 31-year old Cyprus problem caused by Turkey’s illegal invasion of Cyprus in 1974'', Mr. Rossides says, stressing that “it can also be perceived that the US is upgrading politically the illegal regime in northern occupied Cyprus”.
“Mr. Talat receives his instructions from Turkey, which is the creator, protector and facilitator of this pseudo regime”, Mr. Rossides adds.
Noting that the Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus forms an illegal entity under international law and is not recognized by any nation except Turkey as well as the presence of illegal troops and settlers in the north, Mr. Rossides underlines that the State Department’s policy is shockingly misguided and exhibits a lack of knowledge of the facts regarding the Cyprus problem.
“Unfortunately, ever since 76% of the Greek Cypriots voted against the undemocratic, unworkable and financially not viable, Annan Plan, the Department of State has been openly looking for ways to shift the blame on to the Greek Cypriots by pursuing certain incremental measures”, the letter also says.
These measures, according to AHI, have included officials from the Transportation Security Administration conducting inspection of airports in the illegally occupied north; the illegal authorization by the State Department for direct visits of U.S. officials and members of Congress to the occupied north; and exploring ways whereby direct U.S. flights can proceed directly to the occupied north.
He further notes that Secretary Rice has stated in an interview with Kanal-D TV, with regard to the situation in Cyprus, “…we are looking at what we can do to ease the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots because we, like everyone else, were disappointed that the Annan plan was not adopted. We have taken some steps, direct aid for instance to Turkish Cypriots, but there are probably other things that we should look at doing…”
Concluding, Mr. Rossides suggests that the so-called isolation of the T/C could be eased overnight by asking Turkey to remove the 40,000 illegal Turkish occupation troops, the 120,000 illegal Turkish settlers and the Turkish Green Line barbed wire fence.
Our position should be to support a settlement of the Cyprus problem through negotiations based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation in a state with a single sovereignty and international personality, incorporating the norms of a constitutional democracy embracing the key American principles of majority rule, the rule of law and protection of minority rights, the EU acquis communautaire, UN resolutions on Cyprus, the pertinent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and of other European Courts, Mr. Rossides stresses in his letter to Ms. Rice.