U.S. Rep. Maloney: 'It is time for Turkey to remove its troops so that we may reunify Cyprus'

MALONEYFollowing a recent visit by New York Congresswoman, Carolyn B. Maloney to Cyprus where she met with Cypriot officials to reaffirm the United States‘ ongoing support to finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, Maloney is speaking out about the need for reunification of Cyprus.

As the world acknowledges the 42nd anniversary of the Turkish military invasion of the northern third of the island, Maloney, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, recently issued a statement not only in support of a lasting settlement between Greek-Cypriots and the Turkish occupied forces, but also called for action and persistence in pursuit of a peaceful resolution.

“This week we commemorate the 42nd anniversary of Turkey’s illegal invasion of the Republic of Cyprus. A time when families were forcibly removed from their homes, and religious and cultural sites were not only damaged but destroyed. Sadly, the grave effects of this military action persist. To this day, some 40,000 Turkish troops occupy the northern third of Cyprus, a persistent occupation that ensures Cypriots do not live in stable peace,” Maloney said.

“It is time for Turkey to remove its troops so that we may reunify Cyprus, which is in the best interest of all Cypriots.”

The fact is that some 43,000 troops still illegally occupy the island of Cyprus.

There is also much suffering of the Greek-Cypriot people as families are still without answers as to what happened to their loved ones who went missing in the time following the illegal occupation.

Maloney went on to add that she is “cautiously optimistic” that the current UN-led Cyprus talks are close to finding a lasting solution for the island in conflict.

During her recent visit to Cyprus where she met with Cypriot officials and President Anastasiades, Maloney reiterated U.S. support for a resolution to the Cyprus problem and called for “full engagement by the U.S. government toward the ultimate goal of a reunified and prosperous Cyprus where Greek and Turkish Cypriots can live together in peace, security and stability.”