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AHEPA calls on US to back withdrawal of Turkish army from Cyprus
2006-08-07 12:06:46

Nicosia, Aug 7 (CNA) -- The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) has called on the US government to support the immediate removal of all Turkish occupation military forces and illegal colonists from Cyprus.

It also urged Washington to back the settlement of the Cyprus problem through negotiations based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation in a sovereign state, the EU acquis communautaire, democratic norms, resolutions on Cyprus and the pertinent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

In a resolution, adopted during its annual congress it the US, AHEPA invited the US government to support the return to the government of Cyprus of the occupied town of Famagusta for resettlement of displaced persons under UN supervision.

The resolution said that the US has an important stake in fostering good relations between to NATO allies, Greece and Turkey, and in achieving a just and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem.

It noted that Turkey?s continuing illegal occupation of Cyprus, its intransigence in solving the Cyprus problem, its refusal to recognize Cyprus as a member of the EU, its continuing violations of Greece?s territorial integrity and ongoing human rights violations in Turkey itself threaten and prevent stability in the area and by extension US interests.

Furthermore it noted that Turkey, an aspiring EU country, continues to refuse to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state, and refuses to implement the EU protocol that it signed allowing Greek Cypriot ships and planes to use its ports and airports.

It said the government and the people of Cyprus remain committed to establishing a just and viable reunification of their country and the partial opening of the ?Green Line? has dramatically illustrated that the Greek and Turkish communities of Cyprus can live together in peace and harmony.

The resolution added that ?ever since 76% of the Greek Cypriots voted against the undemocratic, unworkable and financially not viable Annan plan?, the US Administration ?has been openly promoting ways to shift the blame on the Greek Cypriots and find ways to "remove the economic isolation of Turkish Cypriots?.?

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