After 40 Years: Never Forget

NEW YORK – Numerous public officials, Greek and Non-Greek alike, have issued statements marking the “Black Anniversary” – the 40th year of the illegal Turkish occupation of Cyprus. The remarks of New York State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas follow:

This Sunday, July 20th, marks the 40th anniversary of the illegal invasion of Cyprus by Turkish

armed forces. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the illegitimate partition of Cyprus

between the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern

Cyprus, recognized only by Turkey. Since then, the United Nations and the international

community have repeatedly condemned Turkey’s military occupation of Cyprus and called for

an end to the conflict. However, despite near universal criticism, the illegal occupation of

northern Cyprus by Turkey continues.

While a political solution does not appear to be on the horizon, I strongly believe that the current

situation is unacceptable. In addition to the illegal occupation of nearly a third of the country,

Turkey must answer for the atrocities committed in 1974, including the thousands of Greek

Cypriots killed and the more than 100,000 who were displaced as a result of the invasion. For too

long Cyprus has been unable to reach its full potential as a nation, hamstrung by the illegitimate

presence of a foreign power. I hope one day to see Cyprus unified and liberated from

occupation, but until then I will do what I can to draw attention to this entrenched conflict.


ATHENS - A regulation in an omnibus bill will allow repatriated Greeks from Albania and the former Soviet Union to receive full national pensions, Labor and Social Protection Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said during a discussion in Greek Parliament on Tuesday.

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PHILADELPHIA – The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley announced that the Evzones, the Presidential Guard of Greece will be participating in the Philadelphia Greek Independence Day Parade on March 20.


Mission…to Alonnisos, a TNH Documentary

O oceanic you sing and sail White on your body and yellow on your chimeneas For you're tired of the filthy waters of the harbors You who loved the distant Sporades You who lifted the tallest flags You who sail clear through the most dangerous caves Hail to you who let yourself be charmed by the sirens Hail to you for never having been afraid of the Symplegades (Andreas Empeirikos)   What traveler has not been fascinated by the Greek islands, drawn by the Sirens’ song of a traveler’s dreams? TNH and our video show ‘Mission’ marked the change of the season by transporting viewers into the heart of summer.

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