x

Politics

U.S. Sen. Menendez Wants All Turkish Troops Off Cyprus

November 16, 2022

NICOSIA – US Senator Robert Menendez, a strong supporter of Greece and Cyprus, said Turkey must remove its 35,000 troops on the occupied northern third of the island and that he will try to block the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

He was speaking during an online event anniversary to talk about the 39th anniversary of Turkey declaring a Turkish-Cypriot republic that no other country in the world recognizes.

The event was put together by the Coordinating Committee of the Cyprus Struggle (PSEKA) The Cyprus Mail said, and was attended by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, US Senators Chris Van Halen, John Sarbanis and Dina Titus, the Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou, the President of PSEKA Philip Christopher and representatives of Cypriot and Greek expatriate groups.

Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, denounced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s aggression and demands for two separate states on the island.

The last round of reunification talks collapsed in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana when Erdogan said Turkey’s army would never leave the island and he has since insisted instead on recognition for the occupied land.

“Erdogan’s continuing willingness to flex his authoritarian muscles to Cyprus and around the world means that it is more important than ever that America stands shoulder to shoulder with the Republic of Cyprus,” he said.

While he said he was happy that US President Joe Biden decided to end a decades-long arms embargo against the Greek-Cypriot government that’s a member of the European Union he opposed Biden’s idea to sell Turkey more F-16s and upgrade the Turkish Air Force.

“The threat of the occupied area is one that has to be taken very seriously. The US should not put any F-16 fighter jets in President Erdogan’s hands. I will not approve any F-16s for Turkey until he holds his campaign of aggression across the entire region,” he added.

US Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Florida Republican, said, “We continue to focus on the illegal occupation of Cyprus. Much more work needs to be done. All Cypriots deserve an end to the senseless division of their homeland.”

US Rep. Chris Pappas, a New Hampshire Democrat, said Turkey’s invasions and occupation in 1974 can’t be forgotten. “We know what the Turks did, they removed people from their communities.”

RELATED

NICOSIA — Cypriots are voting Sunday for a new president who they'll expect to decisively steer the small island nation through shifting geopolitical sands and uncertain economic times that have become people's overriding concern, eclipsing stalemated efforts to remedy the country's ethnic division.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Police: 10 Wounded in Drive-by Shooting in Central Florida

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Ten people were injured during a drive-by shooting in a central Florida neighborhood, police said.

THESSALONIKI – Video Art Miden collaborates with ToPikap in Thessaloniki, presenting the video art program ‘Frozen’, curated by Gioula and Olga Papadopoulou, on Saturday, February 4.

SAN FRANCISCO – The opening of Uproot, the Greek Chamber Music Project (GCMP) concert tour marking the centennial of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, takes place on Friday, February 3, 8 PM, at Old First Concert, 1751 Sacramento Street in San Francisco, and live-streamed online.

MILAN — Italy's government has increased security around its diplomatic missions around the globe in response to “a crescendo of terroristic attacks” by an anarchist network that has been acting in solidarity with an imprisoned Italian militant, the foreign minister said Tuesday.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.