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AHEPA Deeply Concerned with Turkish PM's Statement on
AHEPA sent a letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry expressing "deep
concern and bewilderment" with a statement made November 10, 2013 by
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with regard to the Republic of
Cyprus, announced Supreme President Anthony Kouzounis. Prime Minister
Erdogan was quoted in the Turkish-Cypriot daily Kibris, "There is no country
named Cyprus. There is the local administration of south Cyprus."
"It is our opinion that Prime Minister Erdogan's statement is inflammatory
and offensive toward a staunch friend and ally in the eastern Mediterranean,
the Republic of Cyprus, and its citizens," Supreme President Kouzounis wrote.
"Moreover, it certainly does not bode well for the upcoming, renewed efforts
by the United Nations to bring the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot
community together in the search for a just and viable settlement to the near
40-year division of Cyprus."
Although the U.S. Department of State, through a spokesperson, said it
would look into the statement, AHEPA's letter calls on the U.S. government to
address the issue with the Turkish government in future bilateral meetings.
AHEPA Mourns Passing of Fmr.
President of the Republic of Cyprus
Supreme President Anthony Kouzounis
has issued the following statement on the
sad news of the passing of former President
of the Republic of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides,
who died Friday, November 15, 2013:
"The members of the American Hellenic
Educational Progressive Association and
its affiliated organizations mourn the passing of former President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides, a true
patriot, war hero, and statesman.
"As president, Mr. Clerides always welcomed AHEPA with open arms
during our annual excursions to the Republic of Cyprus. AHEPA is proud to
have honored former President Clerides with its "Hellenism Award" for his
unwavering public service and dedication to the nation he led.
"On behalf of a global AHEPA family, which includes chapters in Cyprus,
I express our deepest sympathies to the family of former President Clerides,
the Republic of Cyprus, and its citizens. May his memory be eternal."
THE AHEPAN · Winter 2013
Office of the Supreme President
November 14, 2013
The Honorable John F. Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Kerry:
On behalf of the members of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA),
the nation's largest and oldest grassroots membership-based association for American citizens of Greek
heritage and Philhellenes, I am writing to convey our organization's deep concern and bewilderment with
a statement made November 10, 2013 by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with regard to
the Republic of Cyprus.
Prime Minister Erdogan was quoted in the Turkish-Cypriot daily Kibris, "There is no country named
Cyprus. There is the local administration of south Cyprus."
It is our opinion that Prime Minister Erdogan's statement is inflammatory and offensive toward a staunch
friend and ally in the eastern Mediterranean, the Republic of Cyprus, and its citizens. Moreover, it
certainly does not bode well for the upcoming, renewed efforts by the United Nations to bring the
Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot community together in the search for a just and viable
settlement to the near 40-year division of Cyprus.
We expect better from Turkey which aspires to become a member of the European Union. We expect
more from a NATO ally that should understand what peace and stability in the eastern Mediterranean
would mean for the best interest of the Alliance and the United States. Instead, the prime minister's
statement demonstrates Turkey's ongoing failure as a dependable ally. It is a nation that is not serious
about joining the European Union and projecting on a Western-oriented path.
We call on the U.S. government to address the statement made by Prime Minister Erdogan by issuing its
own statement in disapproval. The issue must also be raised in any face-to-face meetings with Turkish
The AHEPA Cyprus & Hellenic Affairs
Committee held its first conference call
of the administrative year on Nov. 4,
2013. The agenda focused on goal-setting
for the year, which include growing the
Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
and creating and augmenting its grassroots presence. Committee members will
be outreaching to district and chapter leaders to help identify individuals who want
to be in the AHEPA grassroots network. In
addition, the committee will work to keep
policy issues at the forefront both in the
congressional districts and in Washington.
Two events of note for 2014 are: Annual
Capitol Hill Day and the implementation
of grassroots Candlelight Vigil to mark
40th anniversary of Cyprus invasion on
July 20, 2014. More details to follow.
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