AHEPA, Largest Greek American Organization, Protests Visit of Congressional Delegation to Occupied Cyprus

The following statement is issued by Supreme President Franklin R. Manios in loom of the pending visit of a congressional delegation to occupied Cyprus:

"While we support efforts for reunification and reconciliation for Cyprus, we strongly protest the manner in which the congressional delegation, led by Rep. Ed Whitfield, plans to visit illegally-occupied Cyprus because it violates the sovereignty of the government of the Republic of Cyprus, an ally on the War on Terror.

"By visiting occupied Cyprus via a direct flight from Turkey into Ertzian airport, an illegal port of entry, the congressional delegation will be violating the rule of law and endorsing decades of human rights violations.

"Instead, we welcome the congressional delegation to visit occupied Cyprus via legal means, through the Republic of Cyprus, because that will signal goodwill to both Greek and Turkish Cypriots and a strong desire to reconcile the Cyprus issue justly within the boundaries of international law," said AHEPA President Franklin R. Manios.

Manios added Ahepans in the congressional districts of the members of Congress who intend to go on the trip have been alerted and are requested to send letters of protest.

(Posted June 2005)

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization. Its scope is international with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus, and "sister" chapters in Australia and New Zealand under the auspices of AHEPA Australasia. AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922 in response to the evils of bigotry and racism that emerged in early 20th century American society. It also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society. Today, AHEPA brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which includes philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence to the community. Its mission is to promote the ideals of Hellenism, philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, and family and individual excellence. For more information, visit the organization's newly redesigned website at http://www.ahepa.org.

HCS maintains an extensive archives of AHEPA articles and press releases which readers are invited to browse under the AHEPA Family Releases section of the site archives at http://www.helleniccomserve.com/contents.html.

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