'Cyprus Still Divided: A US Foreign Policy Failure
(Read more about the documentary below)
38 years have passed since the brutal invasion and occupation of Cyprus by Turkey, with what appears to have been the maybe-not-so-tacit approval of the all powerful US Secretary of State at the time, Dr Henry Kissinger.
In light of the on-going tragedy which continues for the Cypriot people, and who are deprived of their family, land and property, we are glad to see people like Congressman Gus Bilirakis, and Global Greek organisations like AHEPA and AHI issuing statements and working to keep the issue alive in the USA and around the world.
This support is particularly significant in the interests of maintaining international justice and human rights on this beleaguered island.
Listen to Congressman Bilirakis address the House on the eve of the 'black' anniversary of the Turkish invasion which divided Cyprus on 20 July 1974.
You can read the text of his address just below the video.
Gus Bilirakis is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
About AHI's documentary 'Cyprus Still Divided'
In the summer of 1974 Turkey launched a two-phased invasion of the Republic of Cyprus, using U.S. supplied arms and equipment to grab nearly 40 percent of Cyprus's sovereign territory and force 170,000 Greek Cypriots from their homes and property. Many observers believe the United States had the knowledge and power to prevent the Turkish invasion and later to compel Turkey to withdraw it troops, but Washington did neither of those things.
Today, more than 38 years later, the Turkish army continues to occupy the northern third of Cyprus in violation of international law, and Turkey has illegally settled occupied Cyprus with more than 180,000 Turks from Anatolia.
The American Hellenic Institute's Documentary “Cyprus Still Divided” reveals the reason why the US failed to act, revealing the web of domestic politics, the realpolitik of Henry Kissinger, and repeated refusal of successive U.S. presidents to demand that the rule of law and fundamental human rights be upheld in Cyprus, and presenting the facts in a clear and concise manner. For example, the documentary presents the recently declassified 1974 State Department memorandum that clearly indicts Secretary of State Kissinger, who made the incredibly cynical statement quoted above,
“There is no American reason why the Turks should not have one-third of Cyprus.”
“Cyprus Still Divided” also looks to the future of the divided island in the context of the ongoing settlement negotiations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot community that began in September 2008.
The documentary says:
“By abandoning the rule of law and its principles, the United States had a role in causing the present division of Cyprus. It remains to be seen whether the U.S. can perform a role in reunifying Cyprus.”
Click here to check with the American Hellenic Institute for future screenings of the documentary or to purchase it.