Famagusta delegation visits the US
Nicosia, Oct 25 – A delegation from the Famagusta Municipality, headed by Mayor (and former Speaker of the House) Mr. Alexis Galanos, is currently on a five day visit to the United States. Its objective is to promote the cause of the citizens of Famagusta for their return to their home town, which has been under Turkish occupation since 1974.
During a meeting the delegation had in Washington with members of the US Congress, Mr. Galanos briefed them on the issue and made special reference to last April’s campaign which collected over 26,000 signatures from citizens of Famagusta, expressing their desire to return to their homes.
The Mayor stressed that the citizens of Famagusta have signed a declaration which expresses their strong desire and determination to struggle for the return of their home town after 33 years of occupation. He also said that he considers of outmost importance the promotion of the signatures obtained during the campaign for the return of Famagusta to its lawful citizens.
Mr. Galanos requested the help of the US Congress and Administration towards this goal.The issue was extensively discussed with Members of Congress, including Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Zack Space (D-OH) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ).
He pointed out that Famagusta is a ghost town today and stands as a symbol of the struggle of the Cypriot people for a solution to the long-standing problem.