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Archbishop Spyridon and HALO Send Joint Letter of Appeal to President Clinton for Peaceful Solution of Cyprus Issue

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Jul 19, 1999

New York, NY- His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, along with HALO (Hellenic American Leaders and Organizations) have written a joint letter to President Clinton appealing for his leadership and assistance in helping to orchestrate a peaceful and harmonious solution to the Cyprus issue. The text of the letter is given below with the signatories following.

"The 25th commemoration of the Turkish invasion of the Republic of Cyprus occurs on July 20 of this year. That invasion destroyed the religious and cultural heritage of 37% of the Republic of Cyprus -- that territory which now is under Turkish occupation. The invasion also displaced 200,000 Cypriots from their ancestral homes, massively violating the human rights of all the Cypriot people.

"As you know, the problem of Cyprus is of great concern to many people around the world and in the United States, as has been reflected in expressions of many governments, our Congress and your administration. As well, it is of extraordinary importance to all Hellenes, particularly the Greek-American community.

"Following NATO’s actions in Kosovo, the division of Cyprus can no longer be marginalized by the United States or the world community. The time for the settlement of Cyprus has come.

"Settlement of the Cyprus problem will, in addition to restoring the freedoms and human rights of the people of Cyprus, better secure America’s security interests in the region. A just and viable Cyprus settlement will contribute greatly to the establishment of peace and security in the volatile region of the Eastern Mediterranean and contribute to the improvement of relations between U.S. allies Greece and Turkey.

"As U.S. officials who provided the leadership in Kosovo have said, American and NATO actions were guided by the principle of respect for human rights, particularly the return of the refugees to their homes in conditions of dignity, peace and security. The same principle applies, of course, to the situation in Cyprus, particularly with regard to the illegal displacement of the Greek Cypriot population from the areas now occupied by the Turkish army.

"American leadership and your personal involvement brought substantial progress toward peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. It is our belief that with the proper attention and determination, the United States can be instrumental in achieving a just, viable and peaceful Cyprus solution. Such a solution to the long festering Cyprus problem must be established on the principles of international law. In light of your repeatedly expressed desire to contribute to a just solution, we hope that during the remaining time of your administration, you will personally and vigorously pursue this matter.

"The parameters for a Cyprus solution are already at hand, embodied in the relevant United Nations resolutions and the High-Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979. We believe that a window of opportunity for achieving a settlement to the problem now exists. Indeed, the position of the Government of Cyprus, as has often been expressed, is that a solution can be achieved in a way that would secure the well-being of all Cypriots in a bizonal and bicommunal federation with the presence of an international force. That presence can guarantee the implementation of any agreement reached and will alleviate the security concerns of all the inhabitants of the island. The Government of Cyprus has committed to covering the expenses of such a force using the savings that would accrue from the demilitarization of the island, as proposed by President Glafcos Clerides.

"In your hands, Mr. President, lays the chance for an end to the tragic division of Cyprus and a better and brighter future for the people of Cyprus and their children, Greeks and Turks alike. A Cyprus settlement can allow Cyprus to again become a shining example of the kind of world so often envisioned in your statements - a world governed by the principles of ethnic and religious tolerance, multiculturalism, democracy and full respect of human rights."

 

Sincerely,

 

SPYRIDON

Primate

of the Greek Orthodox Church

of America

and the following signatories

 

George Almiroudis

Past President, Chian Federation

Astoria, NY

 

Aris Anagnos, President

Hellenic American Council of

Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

 

Philip Angelides

Treasurer, State of California

Sacramento, CA

 

Andrew A. Athens, President

World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE)

National Chairman

United Hellenic American Congress

(UHAC)

Chicago, IL

 

Hon. John Brademas

President Emeritus

New York University

New York, NY

 

Plato Cacheris

Law Offices of Plato Cacheris

Washington, DC

 

Peter B. Caloyeras, Chairman

Magnetica, Inc.

Gardena, CA

 

John Catsimatidis

Chairman and CEO

Red Apple Group

New York, NY

 

Philip Christopher, President

International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA)

President of the Pancyprian Association of America

Astoria, NY

 

Andreas Comodromos, President

Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Paramus, NJ

 

Eve Condakes, National President

Greek Orthodox Ladies

Philoptochos Society

New York, NY

 

Dr. Takey Crist, Chairman

AHEPA Cyprus & Hellenic

Affairs Committee

Jacksonville, NC

 

George Dariotis

Supreme President

Order of AHEPA

Alexandria, VA

 

Peter Dinos, President

United Greek Cypriots

of Northern California

Oakland, CA

 

Alexandros Doulis, President

Chian Federation of America

Astoria, NY

 

Hon. Michael Dukakis

Former Governor

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Distinguished Professor

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

 

Jack Georgalas, Chairman

Board of Directors

Order of AHEPA

Newport News, VA

 

George Georgopoulos, President

Federation of Hellenic Societies

of Greater New York, Inc.

Astoria, NY

 

Hon. Demetrios Giannaros

Connecticut State Representative

West Hartford, CT

 

Theodora S. Hancock, President

Hellenic American Women’s Council

(HAWC)

Arlington, VA

 

Dr. James Kallins

Past Supreme President

Pan Arcadian Federation of America

Bellflower, CA

 

Chris Kirkos, President

Pan-Epirotic Federation of America

Lincolnwood, IL

 

George Kokalis, Chairman

Leadership 100

Phoenix, AZ

 

Dimitrios Kokkoros, President

Pan-Laconian Federation of

U.S. and Canada

Willowdale, Ontario, CANADA

 

Andreas Kyprianides

Honorary Consul General of Cyprus

Los Angeles, CA

 

Charis C. Lapas

GP Enterprises

Washington, DC

 

Anthony J. Limberakis, M.D.

National Commander

Archons of the Ecumenical

Patriarchate

Rydall, PA

 

Dr. Spiro Macris

Former Supreme President

Order of AHEPA

Wilmington, NC

 

Andrew E. Manatos, President

National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes

Washington, DC

 

Mike Manatos, Vice President

Manatos & Manatos

Washington, DC

 

Steve Manta

Past Supreme President

Order of AHEPA

Hammond, IN

Charles Marangoudakis

Vice President

"OMONOIA" Cretan Association

Maspeth, NY

 

Dennis Mehiel, Chairman & CEO

Sweetheart Cup Company

New York, NY

 

Dino Miltiadou, President

Pancyprian Association of

Washington, DC

Silver Spring, MD

 

Dr. Charles C. Moskos

Department of Sociology

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

 

Nikos Mouyiaris

Executive Vice President

Pancyprian Association

Long Island City, NY

 

Sakis Onisiphorou, President

Pancyprian Association of Texas

Houston, TX

 

George Panichas

Former Rhode Island State Representative

Lincoln, RI

 

Dr. Constantine Papadakis, President

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

 

Seraphim P. Papajiannis, M.D.

Supreme President

Pan-Macedonian Association - U.S.A.

Quincy, MA

 

Assemblyman Louis J. Papan

California State Representative

Sacramento, CA

 

Peter Papanicolaou

Immediate Past President

Cyprus Federation of America

Brooklyn, NY

 

Marika Papouris-Trizonis, President

Federation of Hellenic American Societies

of Philadelphia and Greater Delaware Valley

Broomall, PA

 

Gregory Pappas

Publisher

Greek America Magazine

Burlington MA

 

Peter J. Pappas

P.J. Mechanical Corporation

New York, NY

 

James Pedas

Circle Management

Washington, DC

 

Ted Pedas

Circle Management

Washington, DC

 

Nina Peropoulos, Vice President

Pan-Macedonian Association of

the U.S. and Canada

Houston, TX

 

Hon. Leonidas P. Raptakis

Rhode Island State Senator

Coventry, RI

 

James Regas, President

United Hellenic American Congress

(UHAC)

Chicago, IL

 

James S. Scofield

Past Supreme President

Order of AHEPA

St. Petersburg, FL

 

Gus Sevastos, President

United Chios Society of America

Seven Hills, OH

 

Hon. Perry Sfikas

Maryland State Senator

Annapolis, MD

 

John E. Skandalakis, M.D.

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

 

Ambassador Michael Sotirhos

Former U.S. Ambassador to Greece

Pompano Beach, FL

 

Theodore Spyropoulos, President

Hellenic American National Council

Chicago, IL

 

Chris Tomaras, President

North & South America Region

World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE)

President of Pan-Messinian Federation of the U.S. and Canada

Chicago, IL

 

Angelo Tsakopoulos, Chairman

AKT Development Corporation

Sacramento, CA

 

Savas C. Tsivicos, President

Cyprus Federation of America, Inc.

Ocean, NJ

 

Christine Warnke

Founder

Hellenic American Women’s Council (HAWC)

Washington, DC

 

Stephen G. Yeonas

Chairman of the Board

Stephen G. Yeona Company

McLean, VA

 

Tasos Zambas

Executive Vice President

Cyprus Federation of America

New York, NY

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