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FYROM is facing the facts that Macedonia is one and Greek

Posted by satyrikon στο 20 Οκτωβρίου, 2008

American Chronicle

Letters to the Editor

October 20, 2008

Hostile attitudes like FYROM nationalist (Risto Stefov on the American Chronicle) are a perfect examples of the propaganda and downright hate that is being posted online against the Greeks and the Greek American Community .We all know that the majority of people that read these articles know the writings come from a racist and biased self proclaimed Macedonian who hasn’t even lived in FYROM. Then again there are some others (the minority ) that really do believe what is being said about the Greeks online because they are historically challenged or are just racist’s themselves. This is unacceptable ! Here let me break it down for you all to read and understand (in layman terms).

The Prime Minister Dora Bakoyannis of Greece and about 99.9 % of the Greek Community likes to say that these «Macedonians» do not exist. In reality what the Greeks are saying is that they refuse to call these people «Macedonian» (not that there isn’t a super TINY FYROM community and neighborhood in Greece). Then again aren’t there little communities /neighborhoods of various nationalities that clique together just like this everywhere around the world? The answer is «yes».

To define the tension in a simple form rather than technical calling these FYRO-mians «Macedonian» implicitly undermines Greece’s own Macedonians historical identity and it is also a security threat to the country!

About 10 years ago the FYROM government helped organize this small minority group into the «Rainbow party of Greece» (based in Florina Macedonia). Notice Florina sounds Greek right ? Anyways, up until quite recently the FYROM government had claimed Greeks were oppressing hundreds of thousands of «Macedonians» ? OK What is that all about? Listen we all know Greece is a very tiny country with a small population itself and this » Rainbow Party» is less than 1% of the population. Imagine if a group tried to do this in the USA ? Not. There is also a huge patern of hostility, propaganda and outright lies being written and directed at the Greek American Community . I will break it down and simlify it for all of you all to read here in my article.

The first would be to deny that modern Greeks are even related to ancient ones . It’s preposterous to ask isn’t it? FYROM citizens do this and write this online (Ex Risto Stefov here on the American Chronicle) despite TONS of archaeological evidence and fact that Greek speaking people with Greek names knowing the Greek language have lived in Greece and in Macedonia for 4,000 years .

The Slavic’s did not arrive in the region of Greece until 600 AD. In addition, FYROM citizens could easily be much more recent immigrants from Bulgaria or other Slavic states whose numbers are in the hundreds of millions. Whereas tiny Greece is the ONLY native homeland for the Greek people . There are about 10 million Greeks .To make the the argument that FYROM-ians are the «REAL » Macedonians make it even less realistic and preposterous. You have to rationalize and ask yourself this ;»What do the FYROM-ians have in common with the ancients over the Albanians, Bulgarians or Turks?» These were other ethnic groups that have lived on Macedonian lands through history. Modern Greeks can still make sense of the «Koine Greek language» that Alexanderthe Great spoke and also spread to the world that he conquered . Those that speak the Katharevusa language better than those that speak Demotic.

The FYROM nationalists on the other hand speak a Bulgarian-Serbian hybrid that wasn’t even formalized until the 20th century and this is based on Cyrillic. Fact. FYROM-ian’s can’t read a single inscription from ancient Macedonian artifacts that have been dug up by archeologists which are written in (You guessed it !) «Koine Greek! Even their native spelling of «Macedonia» is different. They are «Macedonians» that don’t even speak the language ancient Macedonians spoke. This language was Greek.

Secondly is to deny that ancient Macedonians were even Greeks .Can you imagine? Ok Let’s bring up the Athenian orater Demosthenes who proclaimed that Macedonians were «barbarians «. Sounds so negative right ? Barbarian! Well, what they don’t tell you though the writings is that during any period of conflict between democratic Athens and the Kingdom of Macedonian the Greek city states were generally fighting all of the time. What also isnt being mentioned is that the ancient Greeks used the term «barbarian» as an example like being «un- American» . There are many examples of this in Greek writings. In fact even Socrates once called the Athenians «barbarians» and the list of so called «barbarians » goes on and on …. Get it? Then there is the issue of the Hellanodikai .These were the judges who decided if competitors were Greek enough to compete in Olympics. There are records of Macedonians voluntarily competing in Olympics will before Alexander the Great . See link below http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Macedonians#Participation_in_panhellenic_events

Quoting Alexander’s the Greats own views on his ethnicity at a speech he gave on being admitted to the Olympic games . You will never see this on a FYROM website .

«Men of Athens ,Had I not greatly at heart the common welfare of Hellas I should not have come to tell you; but I am myself Hellene by descent, and I would not willingly see Hellas exchange freedom for slavery….If you prosper in this war, forget not to do something for my freedom; consider the risk I have run, out of zeal for the Hellenic cause, to acquaint you with what Mardonius intends, and to save you from being surprised by the barbarians. I am Alexander of Macedon. (Herodotus, The Histories, 9.45)

Another tactic of propaganda and lies (posted online etc etc ) by FYROM’s so called journalists is the sence of » victimhood». They sob and write about how Greeks are opressive to them . Greece is an entirely different country! No one has been opressed! The facts of what they are really sobbing about is their insecurities about their own ethnic identity . Greece is the super «bad-bad» guy here because well they won’t or ever give up their own identities. The FYROM government has just realized their aren’t many FYROM nationals in Greece and thats a fact . Oh wel…Nice try but it’s not working . I invite you all in the free world to go visit Greece and you shall see for yourself too! Also , what is being argued for some time is that FYROM national «refugees» should be allowed to return to Greece and given «reparations». What is that all about ? A case in point to show how manipulative the FYROM-ians are with words. No one is a victim here not one FYROM-ian .What you don’t read is that those poor victimized «refugees» were Tito backed Slavic communists in Greece that tried to take Greece by force in the mid-20th century. Yes ! This is fact . When Greece had a civil war there where hundreds of thousands of Greek people that had died. hence it’s like asking Greeks to give reparations to the Nazis who wanted to take their whole country away !

The final grand finale of a method is to just throw and post insults online at Greeks and the Greek community .(Example Greeks are racists , Greeks are Nazi’s Greeks are commiting gerocide and Arian) How can you show empathy to these people ? Unfortunately when FYROMIAN ‘s become that hostile there really isn’t much room for any empathy. The Greeks and the Greek American community will not be ethnically cleansed or lectured by a 16 year old country that has all sorts of internal minority problems themselves. If they want something from Greece at this juncture all I can say is» MOLON LABE!». The Greek phrase Molōn labe! (Μολὼν λαβέ; approximate Classical Greek pronunciation [moln labé], Modern Greek [molon lave]), meaning «Come and take them!», is a classical expression of defiance reported by Plutarch in response to the Persian Army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons.. It is roughly corresponding to the modern equivalent English phrase «over my dead body». It is an exemplary use of a laconic phrase.

Macedonia is one and Greek!

Gena Strickland

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«Παγκοσμιοποίηση και Ελληνική Διασπορά» – Διεθνές Συνέδριο στο Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης

Posted by satyrikon στο 29 Ιουνίου, 2007

«Παγκοσμιοποίηση και Ελληνική Διασπορά» – Διεθνές Συνέδριο στο Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης

28/6/2007 8:52:00 μμ

(ΕΡΑ5- Ν. Παρλαβάντζας)

Είναι για πρώτη φορά, που ένα διεθνές επιστημονικό συνέδριο στοχεύει στη συνολική αποτίμηση του φαινομένου της Ελληνικής Διασποράς, έτσι όπως αυτή διαμορφώθηκε, κατά της διάρκεια της νεωτερικής περιόδου του Ελληνικού Έθνους, από τα τέλη του 19ου αιώνα μέχρι τις μέρες μας.

Το γνωστό πλέον, για την προσφορά και δράση του στον τομέα της Παιδείας Ομογενών Ε.ΔΙΑ.Μ.ΜΕ (Εργαστήριο Διαπολιτισμικών και Μεταναστευτικών Μελετών) του Πανεπιστημίου Κρήτης, που ιδρύθηκε το 1996 στο Ρέθυμνο, και του οποίου προΐσταται ο καθηγητής κ. Μιχάλης Δαμανάκης πραγματοποιεί αυτές τις μέρες (από 28 ως 30 Ιουνίου 2007) τριήμερο διεθνές συνέδριο με τον επίκαιρο και στρατηγικής σημασίας τίτλο «Παγκοσμιοποίηση και Ελληνική Διασπορά».

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ERTonline news-Τρίτη, 30 Απριλίου 2007

Posted by satyrikon στο 30 Απριλίου, 2007

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ΓΕΝΟΚΤΟΝΙΑ – Letter in response to International Herald Tribune draft

Posted by satyrikon στο 25 Απριλίου, 2007

 The letter is for the International Herald Tribune

The letter


Hellenic Electronic Center  

                          with 35,000 Hellenes and 25 Hellenic

                                                      Organizations as Associated members

                                                                 in the US and abroad


April 21, 2007

 The April 13 editorial on the canceled Genocide exhibit at the United Nations rightfully criticizes the

 United Nations for succumbing to Turkish pressure. We would like to point out however, that in

 addition to the Armenians, there was likewise a conspiracy of Genocide directed toward the Greek

 and Assyrian populations by the authorities of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. As early as 1914,

 Greeks living on the coasts of Asia Minor were summarily deported into the interior, and eventually

 Greeks along with Assyrians fell victim to forced death marches, massacres, and starvation.

 The horrific atrocities of the Ottoman Empire were acknowledged as can be seen by the initial efforts

 to free the Christian populations from Turkish rule. Plans were conceived for the establishment of an

 independent Armenian Republic, while Greece was officially invited by the Great Powers to take

 possession of Smyrna and Eastern Thrace. In addition, Constantinople was occupied by the Great

 Powers, thus putting an end to Turkish rule. The later tragedies which led to the burning of the

 free Greek City of Smyrna and the massacre of its Greek and Armenian populations by Turkish

 nationalists led by Mustafa Kemal, and the subsequent slaughter of Greeks and Armenians throughout

 Anatolia bear witness to the illegal status of the Turkish Kemalists, and the program for Genocide

 intended to eliminate once and for all the native Christian populations whose democratic demands

 emanating from the simple desire to merely exist conflicted with Turkish demands to maintain

 territory inhabited by non-Muslim populations.

 The subsequent abomination referred to as «Exchange of populations» by the representatives of the

 Great Powers led to the forcible uprooting and destruction of 1,000,000 Greeks from lands that their

 ancestors had resided in for 3,000 years. Indeed, Genocide is the proper label for the policies that

 were adopted toward Greeks and Assyrians, as well as Armenians. The cowardly capitulation to the

 Turkish Kemalists by the Great Powers stands as an example of appeasement and cruelty by the

 West that condemned entire peoples to unspeakable terror and suffering. The legacy of this

 appalling example of indifference to the suffering of innocents remain with America and Europe to the

 present day. Turkish ultranationalists maintain a firm hold on Turkey, and neighboring states unable

 to defend themselves such as Syria and Cyprus have fallen prey to the expansionist legacy that

 Mustafa Kemal left behind in Turkey, and that now appears to threaten the democratic ambitions of

 the Kurds in Nothern Iraq who are being targeted by the Turkish paramilitary State.

                                                      Theodore G. Karakostas TKarakosta@aol.com

                          Member of HEC Executive Council


 International Herald Tribune, France April 13 2007
  More than 90 years ago, when Turkey was still part of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish nationalists 
launched an extermination campaign there that killed 1.5 million Armenians.  It was the 20th 
century's first genocide. The world noticed, but did nothing, setting an example that surely 
emboldened such later practitioners as Hitler, the Hutu leaders of Rwanda in 1994 and 
today's Sudanese president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir.  Turkey has long tried to deny the 
Armenian genocide. Even in the modern-day Turkish republic, which was not a party to
 the killings, using the word genocide in reference to these events is prosecuted as a 
serious crime.  Which makes it all the more disgraceful that United Nations officials 
are bowing to Turkey's demands and blocking this week's scheduled opening of an 
exhibit at UN headquarters commemorating the 13th anniversary of the Rwandan 
genocide - because it mentions the mass murder of the Armenians.  Ankara was 
offended by a sentence that explained how genocide came to be recognized as a 
crime under international law: "Following World War I, during which one million 
Armenians were murdered in Turkey, Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin urged the 
League of Nations to recognize crimes of barbarity as international crimes." The exhibit's 
organizer, a British-based anti-genocide group, was willing to omit the words "in Turkey."
 But that was not enough for the UN's craven new leadership, and the exhibit has been 
indefinitely postponed.  It's odd that Turkey's leaders have not figured out by now that 
every time they try to censor discussion of the Armenian genocide, they only bring 
wider attention to the subject and link today's democratic Turkey with the now distant
 crime. As for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his inexperienced new leadership 
team, they have once again shown how much they have to learn if they are to honorably 
and effectively serve the United Nations, which is supposed to be the embodiment of 
international law and a leading voice against genocide.

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ΑΗΙ-The 2007 Greek American Policy Statements Endorsed by Membership Organizations

Posted by satyrikon στο 18 Απριλίου, 2007


April 18, 2007     (202) 785-8430
No. 22/2007

The 2007 Greek American Policy Statements Endorsed by

Membership Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC— American Hellenic Institute President Gene Rossides issued today the 2007 Greek American Policy Statements prepared by the American Hellenic Institute and endorsed by the following Greek American membership organizations: Hellenic American National Council, Cyprus Federation of America, , Pan-Macedonian Association of America,  Panepirotic Federation of America, PanCretan Association of America, Pan-Pontian Federation of U.S.A. and Canada, American Hellenic Council of California and the Chios Societies of America, Inc.  The Table of Contents, Policy Statements and Themes and Legislative Priorities follow:



Table of Contents

Section I   

 POLICY STATEMENTS AND THEMES                        Page

Executive Summary…………………………………………………………………1

    • Greece……………………………………………………………………..1

      • Aegean Sea Boundary

      • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

      • Albania

      • Visa Waiver Program

    • Cyprus…………………………………………………………………….3

    • Invite President Tassos Papadopoulos for a State visit 

    • Turkey’s New Threat to Peace

    • Ecumenical Patriarchate and Halki Theological School…………………..5

    • Critical Review of U.S. Policy Toward Turkey Needed …………………6

    • Compensation to Turkey’s Victims………………………………….…….7

    • Policy Themes………………………………………………….…………8

Section II      LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES…………………………………..10


2007 Greek American Policy Statements

Section I

Policy Statements and Themes

Executive Summary

The policies set forth herein are based in each case on the question of what is in the best interests of the United States.

The U.S. has important interests in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.  These include the significant energy, commercial and communications resources that transit the region. 

These policy statements deal primarily with U.S. relations with Greece, Cyprus and Turkey as they bear on overall U.S. interests in the region.


Greece as an immensely valuable link for the U.S. in the region.  We have stated for decades that Greece is the strategic, political and economic key for the U.S. in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean and a proven and reliable ally.  We call for a special relationship between the U.S. and Greece for the mutual benefit of both countries.

        Aegean Sea Boundary

        Turkey has made an outrageous claim to one-half of the Aegean Sea and refuses to take its maritime boundary claim to the International Court of Justice at the Hague for a binding ruling.  The U.S. should publicly state that it accepts as final the treaty-defined demarcation of the maritime border between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea.  The relevant agreements are the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, the Italy-Turkey Convention of January 4, 1932, the Italy-Turkey Protocol of December 28, 1932 and the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty, under which the Dodecanese Islands and adjacent islets were ceded by Italy to Greece.

The U.S. is a signatory to the 1947 Paris Peace Treaty and is obligated by U.S. law to carry out its provisions. The State Department has refused to declare publicly what the law is and should do so now. The U.S. should also vigorously repudiate any challenge to the treaty-defined boundary and should urge Turkey to submit its claim to the International Court of Justice in the Hague for binding arbitration.

        Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

We call on the U.S., in its own self- interest, to strongly support a name for this former Yugoslav republic that does not include the word “Macedonia.” Since antiquity, the name Macedonia has referred to a geographical region, not to a nationality.   

 When Marshal Tito fashioned the puppet “Socialist Republic of Macedonia” from the southern Yugoslav province of Vardar-Banovina in December 1944, he did so to foment disorder in northern Greece in furtherance of his plan to communize the Balkan Peninsula and gain control of the key port city of Salonica. “Macedonian” nationalism was a product of Tito’s fabrications.  In December 1944 the U.S. vigorously opposed the use of the name Macedonia by Tito.  Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., in a Circular Airgram (Dec. 26, 1944) stated:


                  “This Government considers talk of Macedonian ‘nation,’ Macedonian ‘Fatherland,’ or Macedonian ‘national consciousness’ to be unjustified demagoguery representing no ethnic nor political reality, and sees in its present revival a possible cloak for aggressive intentions against Greece.

                  The approved policy of this Government is to oppose any revival of the Macedonian issue as related to Greece.”

Our policy was valid then and it should be valid now.

The Truman Doctrine and massive financial aid under the Marshall Plan foiled Tito’s hopes for communizing Greece.

        The State Department’s reversal of policy on November 4, 2004 by the recognition of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as the “Republic of Macedonia” was an act of disgraceful proportions as it relates to our staunch ally and supporter in the Balkans, Greece; and was and is harmful to U.S. interests in the Balkans.

        We call on President Bush to reconsider this misinformed and ill-advised policy and to tell the State Department to withdraw recognition of FYROM as Macedonia as in the best interests of the United States.

             We call on President Bush to inform FYROM to continue in good faith its diplomatic dialogue with Greece on the name issue under UN auspices. 

Although some improvements have been made lately in the conditions and treatment of the Greek minority, continuing acts of discrimination and persecution tolerated by the government of Albania against the nation’s ethnic Greek minority constitute subtle ethnic cleansing aimed at making ethnic Greeks feel isolated, powerless and vulnerable so that they will abandon their homes and move south to Greece.

The personal safety of ethnic Greeks in Albania is also at risk by reason of direct intimidation by security forces and the burning of schools, churches and businesses by lawless bands that the police allow to operate with impunity. Nowhere are ethnic Greeks given a fair deal or even a fair count. Although Albania successfully sought a census to measure the Albanian minority in neighboring FYROM, its government resists the demand of the European Union to measure its minorities, so it can continue to claim that the Greek minority is small when it constitutes at least 10 percent of the country’s 3.5 million population.

We call on the U.S. government, in its own interest and the interest of maintaining peace and stability in the southern Balkans, to undertake an intense diplomatic dialogue with the government of Albania to ensure that the rule of law is observed and minority and basic human rights are protected. The U.S must make clear that Albania must treat its minorities fairly and humanely the way it wants Albanian minorities in neighboring countries to be treated.

        Visa Waiver Program

            Participation in the visa-waiver program is of high importance to Greece, as it will facilitate short-term business travel and enhance tourism between our two nations. Greece’s participation should be equally important to the U.S., as it will make it easier for millions of Americans of Greek descent to welcome their Greek relatives and friends to our nation.

        Greece has met all the technical requirements for participation.  The new machine-readable passports comply with all relevant provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization.  And Administration officials have recognized that Greece’s new “state of the art” passports should serve as a model for other countries.  In addition, if a passport is lost or stolen, both Schengen Information System (SIS) and the Interpol database (EASF), to which the United States has direct access, are immediately updated.

            Based on our shared democratic values, Greece and the U.S. have been allied in every major international conflict of the 20th century. Today, Greece and the United States continue to stand united, combining forces in facing the challenges of the new millennium, including the global war on terrorism.

        Greece was deemed ready for prompt participation in the Visa Waiver Program in 1999. Given all that Greece has accomplished in the interim, it is inconceivable that Greece remains the only Schengen country that does not participate in the program.


Cyprus is an important nation for U.S. interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.  The so-called “Sovereign British Bases” on Cyprus and the British listening posts on Cyprus are on Cypriot territory and have been of significant importance to the U.S.  Cyprus is a member of the European Union (EU) and a western-oriented country.  It is important to U.S. interests that it remain so.


Invite President Tassos Papadopoulos for a State visit

The government of Cyprus and the Greek Cypriots, under the leadership of President Tassos Papadopoulos, played an exceptional role in evacuating 14,000 Americans from Lebanon during the Israel-Lebanon conflict.

We urge President George W. Bush to invite President Papadopoulos for a state visit in recognition of: (1) Cyprus’ efforts in evacuating 14,000 American from Lebanon; (2) for President Papadopoulos’ initiative with Secretary-General Kofi Annan on February 28, 2006, and (3)the subsequent agreement of July 8, 2006 between President Papadopoulos and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Alt Talat initiated by UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari.

That agreement included 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,” and an “Agreement to begin a process immediately, involving bi-communal discussion of issues that affect day to day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues both of which will contribute to a comprehensive settlement.”

We support a settlement of the Cyprus problem through negotiations based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation in a state with a single sovereignty and international personality, incorporating the norms of a constitutional democracy embracing key American principles, the EU acquis communautaire, UN resolutions on Cyprus, the pertinent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and of other European Courts.

We specifically endorse the following statement by Vice President and Presidential candidate George H. W. Bush made on July 7, 1988 in a speech in Boston:



        “We seek for Cyprus a constitutional democracy based on majority rule, the rule of law, and the protection of minority rights….I want to see a democratic Cyprus free from the threat of war.”

We have long-called for the demilitarization of Cyprus.  We note and endorse the statement of former Senator Bob Dole on the Senate floor in 1978 calling for the demilitarization of Cyprus. (See Exhibit 1)

We call for the withdrawal of Turkey’s 40,000 occupation troops illegally in Cyprus and the return to Turkey of the 140,000 illegal settlers/colonists from Turkey in violation of the Geneva Convention of 1949.

We urge our government to tell Turkey to tear down the green line barbed wire fence across the face of Cyprus which, together with Turkey’s 40,000 occupation forces, isolates the Turkish Cypriots in occupied northern Cyprus.

        Turkey’s new threat to Peace

        The Cyprus government signed an agreement with Lebanon and Egypt for joint exploration of oil and natural gas in an area 125 miles wide between Cyprus and the Mediterranean’s southern coast.

        We note with concern that the Turkish government has threatened to block exploration asserting—incredibly—that it has rights in the area.  Turkey, which is 40 miles from the northern coast of Cyprus, has no rights in the continental shelf of Cyprus, or in the area.

        Turkey’s threats against Cyprus and in effect, Lebanon and Egypt, regarding the oil and gas exploration agreements puts Turkey in direct violation of the United Nations Charter preamble and article 2, paragraph 4, and the NATO Treaty Preamble and Article 1.

        We call on our government to condemn Turkey’s threats and to inform Turkey that its threats violate the UN Charter preamble and article 2(4) and the NATO Treaty preamble and article 1.  We note that the agreements have been concluded between sovereign states and conform to the various treaties on the law of the sea.

        On March 5, 2007, U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, Ronald Schlicher made a forthright statement that Cyprus is a sovereign country and has the right to conclude agreements with Lebanon and Egypt.  In response to questions regarding Turkey’s comments on Cyprus’ right to exploit possible oil and gas reserves in its economic zone, Ambassador Schlicher said:


      “It is clear that the Republic of Cyprus is the sovereign authority, they have the right to conclude agreements such as the one concluded and anyone who challenges that right should do so finding legal peaceful ways to approach the issue.

      * * * *

      Discussion on this issue by all parties concerned should be in the spirit of how can the possibility of this new national wealth be used in a way that is going to facilitate the reunification of the island and not deepen the divisions on the island.

      So, that is the position of my government and I hope that the source of discourse that we hear on this issue focuses on that question of reunification.”

Ecumenical Patriarchate And Halki Theological School

The Turkish government has tolerated assaults against its Greek Orthodox Christian religious minority, the Ecumenical Patriarchate and continues the illegal closure of the Greek Orthodox Halki Patriarchal School of Theology in Istanbul.  These actions violate U.S. principles on freedom of religion.  The U.S. law expressed in Section 2804 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Appropriations Bill, calls for the Turkish government to safeguard the Ecumenical Patriarchate, its personnel, and its property, and to reopen the Halki Patriarchal School of Theology.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in North America led a panel discussion at the U.S. Helsinki Commission on March 16, 2005 which presented a clear picture of how religious human rights violations by the Turkish government have been working to exterminate the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Christian community in that country.  The panel briefing “highlighted Turkey’s systemic efforts to undermine the Orthodox Church, violating numerous international treaties to which it has agreed.”

        Archbishop Demetrios and Dr. Anthony Limberakis “detailed the severe restrictions on property ownership which have allowed the government to confiscate nearly 7,000 properties from the Ecumenical Patriarchate since 1936.  Behind them stood placard-size photos of the most recently seized property, an orphanage on Buyukada island which once housed hundreds of homeless children.”

Under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, the President is obligated to oppose violations of religious freedom in any country whose government “engages in or tolerates violations of religious freedom and promote the right to religious freedom in that country”.  The Act further obligates the President to take one or more of 15 enumerated actions with respect to any such country. 

U.S. Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) stated:  “The concern of this Commission is the protection of religious rights and freedoms. Turkey’s treatment of the Ecumenical Patriarchate violates its obligations under international human rights law.” Mr. Smith blamed Turkey for systemically attempting to prevent the activities of the Patriarchate by disallowing the opening of the Halki Theological School forcibly closed in 1971, destroying churches by creating hurdles preventing their repair, denying the Patriarchate the opportunity to purchase and or sell property and not recognizing the Patriarchate’s ”Ecumenical” status, in effect, denying its universal status. 

Critical Review of U.S. Policy Toward Turkey Needed

Turkey is the main cause of the problems in its region, the northeastern Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea, the northern Middle East and in the southern Caucasus.  Turkey is hardly a model for the Muslim world or for anyone.

Turkey is a proven unreliable ally who refused to allow the U.S. to use bases in Turkey to open a northern front against the Saddam Hussein dictatorship because she wanted $6 billion more—in addition to $26 billion irresponsibly offered by the Administration through then Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz– for a total of $32 billion.  An administration official called Turkey’s negotiating tactics “extortion in the name of alliance.”  (New York Times, Feb. 20, 2003; A1; col. 6.)

Turkey’s unreliability is not new!  During the Cold War Turkey actively aided the Soviet military to the serious detriment of the U.S. (See Exhibit 2)

The U.S. in its own best interests should critically review and reassess its relations with Turkey.  In addition to economic sanctions and an arms embargo, the U.S. should consider removing trade and other benefits if Turkey refuses to:

      1. remove its illegal occupation forces illegally in Cyprus;

    • (2)     end its illegal 33 years of occupation of nearly 40 percent of Cyprus;

      (3)     remove the Turkish barbed wire fence across Cyprus;

      (4)     restore the property illegally taken in the northern occupied area of Cyprus to its rightful owners;

      (5)     return the 140,000 illegal Turkish colonists/settlers in Cyprus to Turkey and halt the illegal of more colonists/settlers from Turkey to occupied Cyprus to illegally change the demographics of the island and of the Turkish Cypriot community;

      (6)     open its ports and airports to Cypriot vessels and aircraft as required by documents Turkey signed in order to commence EU accession talks; and

      (7)     stop its violations against Greece’s territorial integrity in the Aegean and in Greek airspace.

Turkey’s invasion and occupation troops in northern Cyprus and Turkey’s barbed wire fence are the cause of the Turkish Cypriot economic isolation, not the Government of Cyprus’ adherence to the rule of law.

        The U.S.’s successful prosecution of the war against Iraq without access from Turkey proved Turkey’s limited value as a strategic military resource in the region. Today, the U.S. has access to alternative military facilities in the region including countries in the Eastern Balkans, Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and in Iraq itself.

           Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats, said, “ It’s my belief in the larger picture, what the United States has to do is fundamentally reexamine its relationship with the nation of Turkey. If the United States comes to the realization that our interest, as it has always been, is in dealing with other just nations to advance the cause of constitutional government and human rights, I believe that this course of action will be beneficial to everyone.”

Compensation and Damages To Turkey’s  Victims

We cite the compensation and damages paid by the government of Germany to holocaust victims and to the state of Israel and the government of Japan to the victims of its actions in Asia before and during World War II. We call on the U.S. government to press Turkey to pay compensation and damages:

          • to the victims of Turkey’s illegal invasion of Cyprus of 1974;

          • to the owners of property in Cyprus, including American owners, illegally taken, occupied and exploited by the Turkish authorities and individuals since 1974 and for preventing the lawful owners from using their property;

          • to the victims of the September 1955 Turkish pogrom against its Greek citizens in Istanbul. The Turkish government at the time said it would pay compensation to those victims but it has only paid selectively a small amount and not the full amount of the claims;

          • to the victims of the Turkish massacre of the Greek and Armenian populations of Smyrna (now Izmir) in 1922 under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s orders; and

          • to the victims of Turkey’s Armenian Genocide in 1915-1923

Turkey, under threat of expulsion from the Council of Europe, finally complied with the ruling of the European Court and paid the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights which awarded $1.3 million in damages to Titina Loizidou for the violation of her property rights in the occupied area in connection with Turkey’s illegal invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and its continuing illegal occupation. It demonstrates that forceful action regarding Turkey will bring results. We call for payments to all similarly situated Greek Cypriots and other owners of property in the occupied area, including American owners.  We also note that Turkey has not implemented that part of the ruling which called for the restitution of Loizidou’s property.

Policy Themes

  Since its founding in 1974, AHI has consistently advocated the following policy themes as in the best interests of the United States:

  • In the spirit of the following presidential statements, U.S. interests are best served by applying American values spearheaded by the rule of law in international affairs.

        “There can be no peace without law. And there can be no law if we were to invoke one code of international conduct for those who oppose us and another for our friends.”  President Dwight D. Eisenhower, condemning the invasion of Egypt by Britain, France, and Israel in his October 31, 1956, television and radio report to the nation.  President Eisenhower’s actions halted and reversed the aggression.

        «We are united in the belief that Iraq’s aggression must not be tolerated. No peaceful international order is possible if larger states can devour their smaller neighbors…. [W]e are determined to see this aggression end, and if the current steps fail to end it, we are prepared to consider additional ones consistent with the U.N. Charter. We must demonstrate beyond any doubt that aggression cannot and will not pay.» Joint Statement by President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on September 9,1990.

        “We have before us the opportunity to forge for ourselves and for future generations a new world order, a world where the rule of law, not the rule of the jungle, governs the conduct of nations.” President George H.W. Bush, on January 16, 1991, the day the Persian Gulf air war began against Iraqi forces.

        “Most Americans know instinctively why we are in the Gulf. . . .  They know that we need to build a new, enduring peace based not on arms races and confrontation but on shared principles and the rule of law.”  President George H.W. Bush’s January 29, 1991, State of the Union address.

        “This is a victory for the United Nations, for all mankind, for the rule of law and for what is right.”  President George H.W. Bush’s February 27, 1991 announcement to the nation that “Kuwait is liberated.”

        “We seek for Cyprus a constitutional democracy based on majority rule, the rule of law, and the protection of minority rights….I want to see a democratic Cyprus free from the threat of war.”  Presidential candidate Vice President George H. W. Bush statement on July 7, 1988 in a speech in Boston. 

“A Cyprus settlement should be consistent with the fundamental principles of human rights and democratic norms and practices.” Statement by presidential candidate Governor Bill Clinton in 1992.

  • As clearly set forth in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and other U.S. statutes, U.S. foreign policy is required to foster and embody U.S. values, including human rights.

  • The U.S. should have a “special relationship” with Greece, recognizing Greece’s strategic location in Southeastern Europe where the U.S. has important political, economic, commercial, and military interests.  Greece’s proven reliability as a strategic ally, makes Greece a pivotal nation for the advancement of U.S. interests in Southeastern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.  The naval and air bases at Souda Bay, Crete, are the key bases for the U.S. in the Eastern Mediterranean.

  • A Cyprus settlement should not reward aggression, but should be based on democratic norms, UN resolutions, the EU acquis communautaire and the pertinent decisions of the European Commission on Human Rights, the European Court on Human Rights and of other European courts. Cyprus should be recognized as an important partner for U.S. strategic interests in the Eastern Mediterranean.

  • The U.S. use of a double standard on the rule of law regarding Turkey and appeasement of Turkey harms the U.S. promotion of the rule of law, human rights, liberty, democracy and freedom in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and universally.

  • U.S. interests are best served by supporting rapprochement between Greece and Turkey based on the rule of law and democratic norms.

  • U.S. interests are best served by promoting Turkey’s emergence as a fully democratic state whether or not she accedes to the EU

Section II

Legislative Priorities

To give legislative effect to the policies set forth in the 2007 Greek American Policy Statements, we have worked with the 110th Congress and reintroduced legislation from the 109th Congress as follows:

  • H. R. 1456, the bipartisan American Owned Property In Occupied Cyprus Claims Act, introduced on March 9, 2007 by Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) with sixteen co-sponsors.  H. R. 1456 authorizes lawsuits to seek financial remedies in U.S. district courts by U.S. citizens against the Turkish government and private persons for actions damaging U.S. citizens.  There are currently 19 co-sponsors.  Status: Referred to House Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Committee on Judiciary.

  • S. 695 Senate version of American-Owned Property in Occupied Cyprus Claims Act, introduced on February 27, 2007 by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) with co-sponsor Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).  Status: Referred to Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

        We are working with the 110th Congress to reintroduce the following legislation from the 109th Congress:

  • Legislation regarding the Aegean Sea boundary.  It  expresses the sense of the Congress


            1. the water boundaries established in the 1923 Lausanne Treaty of Peace, the 1932 Convention and Protocol Between Italy and Turkey, and the 1947 Paris Treaty of Peace, under which the Dodecanese islands and adjacent islets were ceded by Italy to Greece, are the borders between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea; and

            2.  any party, including Turkey, objecting to these established boundaries should seek redress in the International Court of Justice at The Hague.


    • This legislation was introduced by Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ) on April 21, 2005

with four co-sponsors: Michael Bilirakis (R-FL); Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY); James P. McGovern (D-MA); and Diane E. Watson (D-CA) and was referred to the House International Relations Subcommittee on Europe.  There were 27 co-sponsors.

·       Legislation in which Congress:
(1)     urges…the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish troops of occupation;


            (2)     calls upon the Government of the United States to advocate for the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus.

        This legislation was introduced by Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ) on December 14, 2005 with Michael Bilirakis (R-FL); Brad Sherman (D-CA); Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY); Barbara Lee (D-CA); Frank Pallone (D-NJ); Shelley Berkley (D-NV); Diane Watson (D-CA); Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA); and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).  There were 12 co-sponsors.

        We will also work with the 110th Congress to introduce:

  • legislation linking continued good U.S. relations with Turkey with a viable and workable settlement of the Cyprus issue based on Western democratic norms and UN resolutions, recognition by Turkey of the existing maritime boundary in the Aegean Sea, substantial improvement in Turkey’s human rights and religious freedom record and the reopening of the Halki Patriarchal School of Theology illegally closed in 1971. Such legislation should incorporate economic sanctions, a halt to assistance of any kind, and the withdrawal of any economic benefits if Turkey does not cooperate.

  • legislation calling for a critical review of U.S. policy toward Turkey.

  • legislation enforcing the provisions of S.1067, “The Code of Conduct on Arms Transfers Act,” and H.R 1757, “The European Security Act,” as they apply to arms transfers to Turkey, and ensuring that no arms transfers take place so long as Turkey fails to meet fully the seven human rights conditions set forth by the State Department and continues to violate U.S. and international law, the UN Charter, the NATO Treaty, the 1949 Geneva Convention, and relevant treaties and agreements with specific reference to Greece and Cyprus. The provisions of S. 1067 would condition arms exports on minimum standards of conduct, basic respect for human rights, non- aggression and participation in the UN Register of Conventional Arms.


For additional information, please contact Georgia Economou at (202) 785-8430 or at georgia@ahiworld.org.  For general information about the activities of AHI, please see our website at http://www.ahiworld.org.


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«Ευεργέτης της Ρωμιοσύνης» αναγορεύεται ο Σπύρος Βρυώνης

Posted by satyrikon στο 17 Απριλίου, 2007


«Ευεργέτης της Ρωμιοσύνης» αναγορεύεται ο Σπύρος Βρυώνης

16/4/2007 7:36:00 μμ

«Ευεργέτη της Ρωμιοσύνης της Κωνσταντινούπολης» θα ανακηρύξει τον Καθηγητή Σπύρο Βρυώνη η Οικουμενική Ομοσπονδία Κωνσταντινουπολιτών.

Η τιμητική διάκριση αποδίδεται στον διεθνούς φήμης ακαδημαϊκό, σε αναγνώριση και απόδοση ευγνωμοσύνης της εικοσαετούς εντατικής εργασίας του για  την συγγραφή του βιβλίου: «Ο Μηχανισμός της Καταστροφής – το Τουρκικό Πογκρόμ του Σεπτεμβρίου 6-7, 1955 και ο Αφανισμός της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Κωνσταντινούπολης»

Η τελετή αναγόρευσης θα γίνει την Δευτέρα 7 Μαΐου 2007 και ώρα 19.00 μ.μ  στην Μεγάλη Αίθουσα Τελετών του Πνευματικού Κέντρου Κωνσταντινουπολιτών, Δημητρίου Σούτσου 46, Αμπελόκηποι.

Επίσης, την ίδια ημέρα ο Νέος Κύκλος Κωνσταντινουπολιτών και οι Εναλλακτικές Εκδόσεις διοργανώνουν την παρουσίαση του βιβλίου του Γιώργου Καραμπελιά «Το 1204 και η διαμόρφωσης του Νεώτερου Ελληνισμού».

Κεντρικός ομιλητής της εκδήλωσης θα είναι ο καθηγητής Σ. Βρυώνης.


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ERTonline news-Τρίτη, 17 Απριλίου 2007

Posted by satyrikon στο 17 Απριλίου, 2007

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Posted by satyrikon στο 12 Απριλίου, 2007



April 12, 2007      (202) 785-8430

No. 21/2007

Op-Ed on “State Department’s Report on Human Rights Practices in Cyprus Deeply Flawed”

Washington, DC — The following Op-Ed appeared in the March 31, 2007 issue of The National Herald, page 11, the March 26, 2007 issue of Greek News, page 40, the April 11, 2007 issue of The Hellenic Voice, page 5 and it will appear in the May issue of the Hellenic News of America, page 3.

State Department’s Report on Human Rights Practices in Cyprus Deeply Flawed

By Gene Rossides


        The State Department’s annual worldwide Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2006 were released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor on March 6, 2007.  State’s Country Report on Cyprus is deeply flawed and has been for years.

        The State Department’s deliberate failure to state that Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and committed massive human rights violations, a number of which continue to the present time, is a key factor in the continuing Turkish military control and occupation of 36.2 percent of Cyprus and the division of Cyprus now in its 33rd year.

        The State Department’s deliberate failure to acknowledge the ethnic cleansing of 160,000 Greek Cypriots from their homes and property by Turkey’s military forces as violations of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, and Turkey’s refusal to allow the displaced persons to return to their homes and properties as continuing human rights violations, is a travesty of justice and not in the national interest of the U.S.

        State has failed to acknowledge that the Turkish military’s continuing human rights violations in Cyprus against the Greek Cypriots is a violation of Section 116 of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.

        Human rights considerations have become an integral part of United States foreign policy and are clearly set forth in our statutes.  Section 116 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 has been in effect since 1975.  Section 116 states that no assistance may be provided: “to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights…”

Even tougher parallel provisions relate to military assistance.  Section 502B(a)(1) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 makes human rights an integral part of all United States foreign policy.  It provides:

(1)     The United States shall, in accordance with its international obligations as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations and in keeping with the constitutional heritage and traditions of the United States, promote and encourage increased respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the world without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.  Accordingly, a principal goal of the foreign policy of the United States shall be to promote the increased observance of internationally recognized human rights by all countries.

        (2)     Except under circumstances specified in this Section, no security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights….”

        In concrete terms under Section 502 B, the President:

        is directed to formulate and conduct military assistance programs…in a manner which will promote and advance human rights.  These programs are also designed to avoid identification of the United States with governments which deny to their people internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms, in violation of international law or in contravention of the policy of the Unites States as expressed in section 502B(a)(1) or otherwise.

While the provisions of Sections 116 and 502B of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, were not in force at the time of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974, their terms apply to the continuing occupation of Cyprus, the continuing detention of persons, the continuing taking and use of Greek Cypriot homes and property, the continuing prevention by armed force of the return of Greek Cypriots to their homes and property, the deprivation of freedom of movement and settlement and other violations.

By its actions in Cyprus, Turkey is in clear and incontrovertible violation of section 116 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.  Turkey has engaged and continues to engage “in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” Similarly, Turkey’s actions in Cyprus make her ineligible under section 502B(a)(1) of the Act which provides that “no security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”  A list of Turkey’s human rights violations include:

      1. the ethnic cleansing of 160,000 Greek Cypriots from their homes and properties;
      2. the taking by force of over 35,000 thousand Greek Cypriot homes and property in the occupied north of Cyprus. Most of these homes have been taken for a period of over 32 years, a continuing violation;
      3. the prevention by armed force of the return of the Greek Cypriots to their homes and lands in safety in the occupied north, a continuing violation;
      4. the giving or selling of these Greek Cypriot homes and lands to the illegal Turkish settlers and occupation forces in the occupied north of Cyprus;
      5. the illegal use on a continuing basis by the illegal Turkish occupation forces and illegal Turkish setters/colonists of Greek Cypriot homes and property in the occupied north of Cyprus;
      6. the abduction and prolonged and clandestine detention without charges of over 1,400 Greek Cypriots; and
      7. the illegal taking of property owned by United States citizens and the illegal use of such property by the Turkish occupation forces and the illegal Turkish settlers/colonists, a continuing violation.

The Executive Branch has a duty to enforce the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and immediately halt all military aid, including military training funds, and economic aid to Turkey and withdraw all economic benefits from Turkey because of Turkey’s human rights violations in Cyprus.  If the purported goal of United States foreign policy is to promote human rights, then Turkey’s offenses against Greek Cypriots its and continued occupation in Cyprus must not be tolerated.

The State Department’s positions, policies and actions on Cyprus are key obstacles to progress towards a just and workable agreement between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots for reunification of their island country.

The State Department’s failure to treat Turkish troops and settler/colonists in Cyprus and Turkey’s barbed wire fence across Cyprus as human rights violations against the Greek Cypriots is a major obstacle to achieving a just and workable settlement between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

The State Department’s failure to treat Turkey as an invader of Cyprus and occupier of almost 40 percent of Cyprus is preventing meaningful dialogue between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

How could the State Department in its Human Rights Country Report on Cyprus make no reference to the 1974 Turkish military invasion and occupation?

How could the State Department in its Human Rights Country Report on Cyprus make no reference to the ethnic cleansing of 160,000 Greek Cypriots from their homes and property?

How could the State Department in its Human Rights Country Report on Cyprus make no reference to the 140,000 illegal Turkish settler/colonists brought to Cyprus by Turkey in violation of the Geneva Convention of 1949, section III, article 49? 

How could the State Department in its Human Rights Report on Cyprus fail to mention the UN Security Council resolutions that brand Turkey’s occupation illegal and specifically accuse Turkey of continuing human rights violations?

How could the State Department Human Rights Report on Cyprus fail to state that the Turkish military is in full control of the occupied area of Cyprus, which is nearly 40 percent of Cyprus?

The Department’s report states that “the northern part, administered by Turkish Cypriots, proclaimed itself the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)’ in 1983.  The United States does not recognize the ‘TRNC,’ nor does any country other than Turkey.”

Yet the State Department then proceeds to analyze the Turkish Cypriot constitution as if it had legitimacy.  Such actions and policies of the State Department demonstrate the pro-Turkish bias and anti-Greek Cypriot bias and anti-rule of law bias of the State Department that are harmful to U.S. interests in Cyprus and the region.

Get active.  Call and write to President George W. Bush (1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500, tel. 202-456-1111 President’s message line), Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520, tel. 202-647-4000), your 2 U.S. senators and your representative (tel. 202-224-3121) and protest the deeply flawed contents of the State Department’s Human Rights Country Report on Cyprus designed to appease Turkey and absolve Turkey for its aggression against Cyprus and occupation of nearly 40 percent of Cyprus.



        For additional information, please contact Georgia Economou at (202) 785-8430 or at georgia@ahiworld.org. For general information about the activities of AHI, please see our website at http://www.ahiworld.org


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