Rep. Maloney Expresses Strong Support for House Resolution on Cyprus Reunification

Oct 10, 2007
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) submitted the following statement during consideration of H. Res. 405, which expresses the strong support of the House of Representatives for the implementation of the July 8, 2006, United Nations-brokered agreement between President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat relating to the reunification of Cyprus:

Statement of Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14)
H. Res. 405
October 10, 2007

“I rise today in strong support of H. Res. 405, of which I am a cosponsor, which expresses the strong support of the House of Representatives for the implementation of the July 8, 2006, UN-brokered agreement between President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat relating to the reunification of Cyprus.  As a co-founder and co-chair of the Hellenic Caucus, I want to thank Representative Bilirakis, my fellow co-chair, for introducing the bill and working to bring it to the Floor today.

“On July 8, 2006, President Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed, under the auspices of the United Nations, to a set of principles to begin a process of discussions aimed at ending the division of Cyprus.  The agreement calls for a commitment to the unification of Cyprus based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation and political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions.  The agreement also called for the establishment of technical committees and working groups to examine and discuss a variety of issues including those that affect the daily lives of the people. 

“I believe that the United States must play an active role in the resolution of the serious issues facing Cyprus, and I hope that passage of H. Res. 405 by the House today will be a positive influence in moving this process forward in preparation for new comprehensive negotiations leading to the unification of Cyprus within a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

“I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.”

Background:

Established in 1996, the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues works to foster and improve relations between the United States and Greece.  The Caucus brings a renewed congressional focus on key diplomatic, military, and human rights issues in a critical part of the world.  The members of the Caucus introduce legislation, arrange briefings on current events, and disseminate information to interested parties.  The topics on which the Caucus focuses include U.S. aid to Greece and Cyprus, the conflict in Cyprus, U.S. relations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and developments in the Aegean.  In the 110th Congress, the Caucus has more than 130 members.

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