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AHI Asks President Bush To Uphold The Rule Of Law In The Aegean Sea
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: CHRYSOULA ECONOMOPOULOS
July 12, 2001 No. 38/01 (202) 785-8430

AHI Asks President Bush To Uphold The Rule Of Law In The Aegean Sea

On July 12, 2001, AHI Founder Gene Rossides sent a letter to President George W. Bush pointing out that the maritime boundary in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey is clear and has been established for over 60 years by international treaties and agreements including the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty, to which the U.S. is a signatory and is obligated to enforce its provisions under U.S. and international law.

Mr. Rossides urged the administration to uphold and enforce the rule of law by carrying out the provisions of the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty under which the Dodecanese Islands and adjacent islets were ceded by Italy to Greece.

Specifically, Mr. Rossides urged the U.S. to state publicly that: (1) the maritime boundary between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea is clear and long-established by treaties and agreements, (2) the islet of Imia is sovereign Greek territory and (3) if Turkey disagrees, she should take the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for binding arbitration.

The letter highlighted H.Con.Res.97, a bi-partisan resolution introduced on April 4, 2001 by Rep. Robert E. Andrews which affirms the internationally recognized maritime boundary in the Aegean.

Attached please find a copy of the letter (click here).

For additional information, please contact Chrysoula Economopoulos at (202) 785-8430 or [email protected], and visit our Web site athttp://www.ahiworld.org.