WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Caucus, on January 14 met with UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar to discuss ongoing peacemaking efforts in Cyprus. Following the meeting, the two Members issued the following joint statement:
“In meeting with UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar, one fundamental remains abundantly clear; the United States and the other members of the UN Security Council must continue to support peacemaking efforts in Cyprus.
“We, and the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, strongly support continued dialogue through the UN as a way to peace.
“During our meeting, we expressed to the Special Representative that while we are supportive of her efforts and those of Greece, we are deeply troubled that Turkish President Erdogan has acted as a barrier to peace. President Erdogan has a real opportunity to promote peace on Cyprus, but only if he ceases his escalatory and inflammatory actions in the Eastern Mediterranean. We remain hopeful and committed that all the stakeholders can come together to achieve peace in Cyprus – a nation that has been needlessly separated and living with foreign troops in their home since 1974.”