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" WE TRIED TO EXPLAIN THIS TO OVER 300 PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE, AT THREE BREAKFASTS
AT THE WHITE HOUSE. BUT THE GREEK AMERICANS HAVE A VERY EFFECTIVE LOBBY IN
AHEPA. IT WAS MORE EFFECTIVE IN THIS CASE THAN THE ISRAELI LOBBY. THEY WERE
INTELLIGENT; WELL ORGANIZED AND EMOTIONAL. "
-PRESIDENT GERALD FORD

When the struggle for the unification of Cyprus with Greece
gained momentum on the island in the early 1950s AHEPA
formed a Justice for Cyprus Committee in order to lobby for
the rights of the Greek Cypriots. Its activities included submitting a petition to the United Nations in favor of the incorporation of Cyprus into Greece. Following the anti-Greek pogroms
in Istanbul, AHEPA added the defense of the rights of the
Greek minority in Turkey and the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical
Patriarchate of Constantinople to the issues it actively supported.
AHEPA's commitment to the rights of the Greek Cypriots was
much in evidence when the island, having gained independence
in 1960s experienced ethnic strife between Greeks and Turks a
few years later. The November 1964 issue of The Ahepan magaThen-House Minority Leader Ford addresses the 1970 AHEPA
zine was devoted to the Cyprus Question, with an historical backCongressional Banquet.
ground of the island, and events leading up to the current crisis
on 1964, as well as statements from members of Congress on
The 1946 Peace Conference awarded the Dodecanese islands
the situation. AHEPA's statements made the connection between
to Greece but in its wake there were several Greek territorial
American and Greek democratic principles and practices, a preclaims that remained unfilled, the handing over of the Northern
view of its increased mobilization over Cyprus beginning in 1974.
Epirus region, the union of Cyprus with Greece and a readjustThe fragile peace established on Cyprus in 1964 lasted
ment of Greece's Macedonian border. AHEPA expressed its supmore or less intact to 1974. In July 1974, the colonels' dictaport for all those claims at its 28th Supreme Convention held in
torship which had ruled Greece since 1967 engineered a coup
Cleveland, Ohio in 1950, and continued to do so in the years that
which overthrew Cyrpus' President Makarios, and installed
followed.
in power an extreme right-wing Greek
Cypriot regime. This provoked a twostage Turkish military invasion of
Cyprus which resulted in a third of the
island being occupied by Turkish forces
with thousands of Greek Cypriots either
being killed, captured of being made
into refugees. The regime in Athens
collapsed immediately and democracy
was restored in Cyprus and in Greece.
Nevertheless, the Turkish occupation
remained a grim reality. In the wake of
Turkey's military invasion of Cyprus
and its occupation of about a third of the
Then-Greek Ambassador to the U.S. Kaskarelis, then-Cypriot Ambassador to the U.S.
island's territory, AHEPA, along with the
Anastasiades, and then-Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Oren with then-Supreme President Karacostas rest of the Greek American community
at groundbreaking October 2010 AHEPA foreign policy conference bringing representatives from
launched into action.
the three countries together.

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