Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, released the following statement after attending the 33rd Annual Cyprus Conference on June 6-8, 2017 in Washington, DC.
“I was honored to join Hellenic American leaders from PSEKA, Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, and many other outstanding organizations to welcome Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades during his U.S. visit to discuss the progress of reunification talks in Cyprus. As co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, I have followed, and engaged in, these negotiations for many years, and I hope that after 43 years of occupation and division, there will finally be a peaceful resolution with a complete removal of Turkish troops from the nation’s northern third. I have asked that the State Department meet with my constituents in New York City later this summer to discuss the latest status of the talks that will resume in the next few weeks. The outcome of the talks will ultimately be decided by the Cypriot people, but I continue to encourage the U.S. government to remain actively engaged in their progress. This is a critical time and a window of opportunity to achieve a resolution in Cyprus that will benefit the entire country and have an enormous impact on the stability of the Mediterranean region.”
Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, was the featured honoree at the event which is hosted by the International Coordinating Committee — Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) along with the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH), the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO), the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and the Cyprus US Chamber of Commerce. Greek-American and Cypriot-American leaders from across the country along with Hellenes from around the world gather annually at the event in Washington, DC with the highest-level administration officials who work together to formulate a U.S. policy toward Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.