Greek and Cypriot Diaspora Organizations Send Criticizing Letter to UN

Global Security Outlook: Espen Barth EideThe heads of nine Greek and Cypriot organizations in the US have signed a letter addressed to UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, criticizing the UN’s lacking response to Turkey’s violation of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

In the letter, the heads of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, the American Hellenic Institute, UHAC National, AHEPA, PSEKA, Cyprus Federation of America, the Hellenic Federation of New Jersey and the American Hellenic Council, stated that they were very optimistic after the appointment of Espen Barth Eide, however now, they are concerned over his “response to Turkey’s latest provocations in Cyprus.”

“We are collectively committed to a reunified Cyprus as envisioned by UN Security Council resolutions, and a process that results in a workable and lasting plan that secures a better future for all Cypriots.

Unfortunately, your reaction to date to Turkey’s violation of the Republic of Cyprus’ territorial waters and EEZ leaves us less confident about the efforts to reunify Cyprus than we have been for over a year. While we can appreciate attempts to deescalate tensions via quiet diplomacy, we fear that the extraordinary attempts your team and others are going through to avoid calling Turkey’s actions a provocation and statements that effectively blame the victim – the Republic of Cyprus and Greek-Cypriots in this case – are taking the process backwards,” noted the nine organizations in their letter.

“We hereby request that you delink any discussion about Cyprus’ energy future from the insistence on Turkey removing its ships from Cyprus’ EEZ. We have been asked by several stakeholders in the process to be supportive of initiatives to move Cyprus’ reunification forward. We hope we have an opportunity to be so supportive, but we cannot support anything that results from Turkish military blackmail,” they added.

Finally, the Greek and Cypriot Diaspora members requested to meet with Special Adviser Eide in order to discuss about the future of Cyprus and its reunification.