MALONEY URGES ADMINISTRATION TO PUSH FOR SOLUTION IN CYPRUS AT 11th ANNUAL PSEKA/SAE CONFERENCE

May 17, 2000
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Hellenic Caucus Co-Chair, spoke before Hellenic leaders from across the United States and around the world on the need for continued U.S. involvement in the proximity talks between Cypriot President Clerides and Turkish Cypriot Leader Denktash at the 11th Annual PSEKA/SAE Conference.

"We all know how long Cyprus has been forcibly separated, families misplaced, and a community divided. It is time to move forward in the proximity talks. The upcoming round of talks will be the third round and it is very important that both sides begin narrowing the different issues between them," said Congresswoman Maloney. "We are hopeful that this time, these talks will lead to a final resolution -- peace in Cyprus."

Congresswoman Maloney also reiterated the Hellenic Caucus's efforts to stop United States manufactures from selling Turkey 145 attack helicopters. "The sale of these advanced weapons to Turkey will heighten the tensions between Turkey and its neighbors. I will continue to pressure the Administration on this issue -- we cannot support selling weapons to a country that has such widespread human rights abuses."

Rep. Maloney is the co-founder and co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, a bi-partisan group of 79 Members of the House which has had a major influence on legislative and diplomatic initiatives concerning Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey.