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The Washington Times Publishes AHI’s Letter to the Editor on Cyprus

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: C. Franciscos Economides
August 3, 2010—No. 50 (202) 785-8430

The Washington Times Publishes AHI’s Letter to the Editor on Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC —The Washington Times published a letter to editor on Monday, August 2, 2010 submitted by the American Hellenic Institute (AHI).  AHI’s letter to the editor “Turkish-occupied Cyprus no city upon a hill,” written by Executive Director Nick Larigakis, rebutted a July 26, 2010 letter authored by the representative of the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)” titled “Cyprus is not Gaza,” which was in response to Daniel Pipes’ op-ed, “Turkey in Cyprus v. Israel in Gaza.”

In his letter, Larigakis conveys the indisputable facts surrounding Turkey’s invasion and occupation of the Republic of Cyprus.  “Turkey's military action against Cyprus on July 20, 1974, was not an ‘intervention’ but an illegal invasion of another sovereign nation with the illegal use of U.S.-supplied arms,” he wrote.

In addition, Larigakis details human rights violations committed by Turkey as reported by the European Commission on Human Rights.  He also refutes the “TRNC” representative’s attempt to use a State Department report to claim the “TRNC” is an “independent state.”

“The occupied north is hardly a model for ‘democracy and human rights,’” he concluded.

To view Pipes’ op-ed, please click here, and the “TRNC” representative’s letter to the editor here.  Larigakis’ letter to the editor can be found by clicking here.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit independent Greek American public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.

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For additional information, please contact C. Franciscos Economides at (202) 785-8430 or at [email protected]. For general information about the activities of AHI, please see our website at http://www.ahiworld.org.