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AHI Submits Letter to the New York Times; Rebuts Notion that Cyprus Should “Play Nice” with Turkey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Georgea Polizos
April 17, 2013—No. 31 (202) 785-8430

AHI Submits Letter to the New York Times; Rebuts Notion that Cyprus Should “Play Nice” with Turkey

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) released a letter to the editor it submitted to the New York Times in response to a March 27, 2013 article titled “For Cyprus, A Sudden Need to Play Nice with Turkey,” by James Kanter.

The article suggests Cyprus may need to “brush up” its relations with Turkey in the wake of its banking crisis, the challenge of bringing natural gas reserves to market, and Israel’s apology to Turkey over the Gaza flotilla incident three years ago.  In his letter, AHI President Nick Larigakis rebuts this notion stating, “…it is Turkey that continues a policy of non-recognition of Cyprus and pursues an aggressive and provocative stance toward Cyprus and its right to explore for natural resources within its exclusive economic zone.”

Larigakis concludes, “If Turkey yearns to become an energy hub, then it is the one that must normalize relations with Cyprus.”

  • To read the New York Times article, please click here.  President Larigakis’ letter to the editor is found below.

 

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit Greek American think-tank and 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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April 2, 2013
Letters to the Editor
New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY  10018

Dear Editor:

Re “For Cyprus, A Sudden Need to Play Nice with Turkey” (news article, March 27):

James Kanter suggests Cyprus needs to “brush up” its relations with Turkey to create a potential natural gas pipeline that would transfer its natural gas reserves to European markets via Turkey, allowing Cyprus to address its financial crisis.  However, it is Turkey that continues a policy of non-recognition of Cyprus and pursues an aggressive and provocative stance toward Cyprus and its right to explore for natural resources within its exclusive economic zone. 

Cyprus’s banking crisis should not hinder from building a LNG plant. Turkey’s motive is to become an energy hub by capitalizing on foreign countries’ reserves (such as Cyprus, Israel and Azerbaijan) because it does not have its own.  If Turkey yearns to become an energy hub, then it is the one that must normalize relations with Cyprus.  This can begin with the removal of 43,000 Turkish occupation troops and 180,000 illegal Turkish colonists from Cyprus and work toward supporting a just and viable unification of the island.

Sincerely,

Nick Larigakis
President
American Hellenic Institute
1220 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20036
nlarigakis@ahiworld.org