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AHEPA Mobilizes to Hold
Turkey Accountable

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urkey's aggression in northeast Syria and the
Eastern Mediterranean are ongoing examples
of how the West condones Turkey's deceitful
demands and hostile behavior, announced
Supreme President George G. Horiates in a
statement issued October 7, 2019.
"The American Hellenic community is outraged, and frankly,
frustrated, with the West's inability to take appropriate measures
to stop Turkey from: pursuing its expansionist agenda, maintaining its ties with terrorist organizations, and perpetuating its violations of international law in the Eastern Mediterranean; all at
the expense of the security and best interests of the United States,
our NATO allies, and strategic partners," he said, adding, "It bears
repeating, Turkey is not a United States ally."
Turkey has proven throughout its history it is incapable of
maintaining a Western orientation and even more so under its
current authoritarian regime.
Horiates stated, "Sadly, Hellenes have witnessed the consequences when the West has failed to act and stand-up to Turkey's
wrath-the Greek Genocide, the Smyrna Catastrophe of 1922,
the pogrom of Istanbul in 1955, and the 1974 invasion of the
Republic of Cyprus."

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Recently, Turkey's drillships are present in the exclusive
economic zone of Cyprus, including Block 7, which is licensed
to international oil and gas companies based in EU-member
nations. Further, Turkey repeatedly violates Greece's airspace
and waterways where it engages in mock dogfights and practices
gunboat diplomacy, respectively, placing lives unnecessarily at
risk, Horiates stated.
The statement urged Washington and Brussels to act now.
"We reiterate our call for targeted, swift and overwhelming sanctions to be placed on Turkey, specific to illegal actions
Turkey has taken in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus,"
Horiates said. "We welcome the bipartisan call for sanctions on
Turkey for military operations in northeast Syria against the
Kurds. Additionally, NATO partners must scrutinize Turkey's
place in the Alliance."
He continued, "Further, Congress must hold hearings
on Turkey's threats to peace and security in the Eastern
Mediterranean and Middle East, including its ties to terrorist
organizations, based on these recent developments.
"The international community must hold Turkey accountable.
The West repeatedly has turned a blind eye. It must not fail to act
again."

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