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AHEPA Strongly Denounces Turkey's Decision to Reopen
Varosha
AHEPA strongly denounced Turkey's
illegal reopening of the Varosha beachfront, located within the abandoned
fenced-off area of Turkish-occupied
Cyprus, in a statement issued by
Supreme President George G. Horiates
on October 9, 2020. Supreme President
Horiates called it another provocative
act by the Erdogan regime that is in
blatant violation of several UN security
council resolutions.
Horiates said: " Under the Erdogan
regime, Turkey once again is responsible for the escalation of tensions in
the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey
demonstrates zero desire to be a problem-solver and zero interest to help provide a working environment that is conducive to facilitating productive Cyprus
settlement talks, which is in the best
interests of all parties involved.  With
this disruptive action, Turkey only
adds to its laundry list of aggressive and
provocative behavior that shuns international norms and American values, challenges America's security interests, and
threatens NATO allies and strategic partners of the United States in the Eastern
Mediterranean and Middle East. "
AHEPA immediately conveyed
its alarm and concern to the U.S.
Department of State and urged the
department to speak out in opposition to Turkey's decision to reopen the
Varosha beachfront. Less than a week
afterward, on October 13, the State
Department issued two statements
that addressed the Varosha issue and
Turkey's renewed survey activity in the
Eastern Mediterranean at the time.
" We welcome the State Department's
statements as strong rebukes by the

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continues to call for dialogue and respect
for international law. The United States
continues to support a comprehensive
settlement to reunify the island as a
bizonal, bicommunal federation, which
would benefit all Cypriots, as well as the
wider region. "
The United States also supported the
UN Security Council's presidential statement on Varosha issued October 9.

Community urges President
Trump to act on Turkey

United States of Turkey's aggression
in the Eastern Mediterranean toward
Greece and Cyprus, " Supreme President
Horiates said. " The statements clearly
pinpoint Turkey as acting unilaterally to
raise tensions, and in the instance of its
renewed survey activity, acting in a 'calculated' manner. We appreciate the State
Department's response to our concerns. "
Below is the U.S. Department of
State's statement on Varosha that is
attributed to the State Department's
Press Office in response to a question
from the press:
" The United States is deeply concerned by the unilateral decision to
reopen Varosha; we urge a reversal of
this decision. We view the reopening of
Varosha as inconsistent with UNSC resolutions 550 and 789, provocative, and
counterproductive to the resumption of
settlement talks. The United States supports efforts toward de-escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean and

Furthermore, AHEPA joined with several organizations to urge President
Donald J. Trump to take action to hold
Turkey accountable, especially for its
illegal reopening of the Varosha beachfront in Cyprus, announced Supreme
President George G. Horiates. 
" We thank all the organizations for
banding together to send a strong message that Turkey's actions and provocations, most recently directed at Cyprus,
are unacceptable, " Supreme President
Horiates said. " Turkey must be held
accountable. The United States must
sanction Turkey. "
The American Hellenic Institute
(AHI), the International Coordinating
Committee - Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA),
Federation of Cypriot-American Organizations (FCAO), Hellenic American
Leadership Council (HALC), and the
Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
signed the October 30, 2020 letter.
In addition, the organizations came
together to place an advocacy ad in
The Washington Times on October 29,
2020 conveying the same message to
President Trump, urging him to sanction Turkey.

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