Congressman Robert Menendez:
Strong Supporter of Greece, 
Cyprus, the Ecumenical 
Patriarch, and Armenia

Recent News

At a time when Turkey refuses to comply with European Union regulations and fully recognize Cyprus, Congressman Menendez introduced H.Res.411 which calls on Turkey to fully recognize Cyprus and to comply with all European Union (EU) standards prior to its accession to the EU. (July 28, 2005)

In recognition of the tragedy of the Armenian Genocide, Congressman Menendez voted for and spoke in favor of two resolutions, which he cosponsored, on the Armenian Genocide. (September 15, 2005)

Based on his support for the Ecumenical Patriarch, Congressman Menendez signed on to a letter to Secretary Rice expressing concern about threats the Turkish government has made against the Ecumenical Patriarch. (August 4, 2005)

Menendez Fights for You

Congressman Robert Menendez is an active member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus who has fought for the rights of Greek-Americans and Armenian-Americans and in support of Greece, Greek-Cypriots, and Armenia.

He stands for a Cyprus reunification plan that is viable and democratic, that resolves property rights issues for Greek Cypriots, and that significantly demilitarizes the island and introduced legislation on these issues. His language on protecting the religious and human rights of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Turkey passed the House of Representatives in the State Department Authorization bill this summer. He has fought for continued funding of important programs for Armenia and for recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Major Accomplishments

Vocal supporter of Cyprus: sponsored a resolution calling on Turkey to meet all EU requirements, including full recognition and a customs agreement with Cyprus prior to acceding to the European Union, as well as returning property and locating missing Greek-Cypriots; signed numerous letters criticizing the Annan plan for Cyprus on the right to regain property and the continued militarization of Cyprus; sent letters to the Secretary of State protesting US flights into occupied Cyprus.

Staunch ally of the Eastern Orthodox Church: sponsored a resolution calling on Turkey to respect the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and had this language included in the FY2006-2007 State Department Authorization bill.


2005 Recipient of the Paraskevaides Award at the 16th Annual Cyprus Conference

1998 Homeric Award from CHIAN Federation

1995 Justice of Cyprus Award from Cyprus Federation of America

1997 American Hellenic Institute Public Service Achievement Award

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