Events for the 40 Years of Turkish Occupation in Cyprus

USA_Cyprus1A series of events for the Turkish invasion of Cyprus were held in the U.S. capital by the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA) in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee of Hellenism in the U.S.

The annual PSEKA conference takes place in late July aiming to raise awareness on the Cyprus problem, push the U.S. political leadership to take measures that will lead to a solution, inform expatriates about the latest developments and decide on the strategy to be followed the next year.

This year’s events were held in an atmosphere of sadness as 40 years have passed since the Turkish invasion and illegal occupation of northern Cyprus in 1974. However, the members of the Greek-Cypriot community appeared confident and optimistic as they see a positive change in U.S. policy towards Cyprus.

USA_CyprusMore than 45 members of the U.S. Congress gathered on the steps of the Capitol holding a huge banner that read: “Cyprus 1974-2014: Still occupied, still divided, Stop this injustice know.”

Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate, and Ed Royce, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House, cut a barbed wire in front of the U.S. Congress, wishing for the removal of all the barbed wires that divide Cyprus in two.