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AHIPAC 1998 Candidate Questionaire to All Candidates in Novermber House and Senate Election
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JONATHAN CLARKE
October 26, 1998

No. 45/98


AHIPAC 1998 CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE TO ALL CANDIDATES IN NOVEMBER HOUSE AND SENATE ELECTIONS


AHIPAC sent its 1998 candidate questionnaire to all candidates in the November 1998 mid-term elections for the House of Representatives and United States Senate seeking their responses to issues of concern to the Greek American community.
The questionnaire covers ten issues:
*** Turkish illegal claims in the Aegean
*** Cyprus
*** Demilitarization of Cyprus
*** The Right of Cyprus to Acquire Defensive Weapons
*** The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Halki Patriarchal School of Theology
*** The Turkish Blockade of Armenia
*** The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
*** Human Rights for Turkish Citizens -- 20% Kurdish Minority
*** Critical review and Reassessment of U.S.-Turkey Relations
*** Albania

 

For each issue, the questionnaire provides background material together with policy recommendations based on AHIPAC's analysis of the U.S.' national interests. The questionnaire outlines current Administration policy or, where relevant, existing legislation introduced or passed in the 105th Congress or earlier. It requests that the candidate indicates his or her opinion on these issues. Where appropriate, the questionnaire requests the candidates to state whether he or she would support similar legislation in the 106th Congress or new legislation or hearings designed to bring about the desired policy changes.

 

In his letter to each candidate AHIPAC chairman Nicholas E. Chimicles stated:

 

"The issues concerning United States relations with Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey are of importance to all Americans. Our positions, as reflected in these questions, are based on what we believe is in the best interests of the United States."