AHI sends letter to Senators regarding new US Ambassador
Nicosia, Nov 9 (CNA)-- Continuing US policy on its present course will only serve to exacerbate the problem and make finding a fair and lasting solution in Cyprus more difficult, an AHI letter to the Senate on the occasion of today’s confirmation hearing for the new US Ambassador Ronald Schlicher to Cyprus says.
In his letter, AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis calls upon the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as they conduct the confirmation hearings to take into consideration a number of undisputed facts, such as that the Republic of Cyprus, an European Union member, is currently in its 31st year of being illegally occupied and divided by Turkey – a US ally, a NATO member, and an aspiring EU country.
He also notes the illegal entity in the Turkish – occupied north of Cyprus is not recognized by any nation in the world except Turkey.
Referring to the rejection of a UN-proposed solution plan (the Annan Plan) by 76% of the Greek Cypriots, he notes that ever since the referendum the Department of State has been openly looking for ways to shift the blame on to the Greek Cypriots by pursuing certain incremental measures to “ease the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots”.
Noting that officials from the Transportation Security Administration conducted inspection of airports in the illegally occupied north as well as a recent visit to the State Department by Turkish Cypriot leader at the invitation of the Secretary of State, Larigakis said that this policy is shockingly misguided and exhibits a lack of knowledge of the facts regarding the Cyprus problem.
He concludes that “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”.