Rep. Maloney Joins Congressional Delegation to Cyprus to Meet with Officials, Including Pres. Anastasiades
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, recently joined a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Cyprus where she met with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides to discuss the status of reunification negotiations between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and opportunities for economic growth in the region presented by the discovery of offshore natural gas.
“Cyprus is a critical U.S. ally and our cooperation is essential for global security, which is why I continue to strongly advocate for active U.S. support of and engagement in negotiations to create a unified Cyprus free of Turkish occupation. As we toured along the buffer zone or 'Green Line' that partitions the country, the 'ghost towns' of Famagusta and Varosha illustrated the drastic impact that a divided Cyprus has on its people. It was a visualization of the opportunities lost, the time wasted, and development forgone because of this extended conflict.
“I was pleased to hear from President Anastasiades and others that there is hope for an agreement on reunification. I understand that the parties have been able to find common ground on issues including EU integration for Turkish Cypriots and property rights upon reaching a settlement, and discussion on other matters related to governance and security are ongoing. After decades of division and occupation, the people of Cyprus deserve a unified country and a peaceful future.”
Rep. Maloney joined the delegation, led by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), with Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX).