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Cypriot Issue: Hellenic Diaspora reassured by the US

The leadership of the Greek – American Community was reassured by US officials of the State Department and the White House that the US Government will keep its promises towards Cyprus and will not pose pressure. The US officials also stated that mistakes which were made during the Annan Plan will not be repeated.

A delegation of the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, comprised of its President, Andy Manatos, the President of the Cypriot Federation, Panikos Papanikolaou, the President of the United Hellenic American Congress, Andrew Athens, Alternate President of PSEKA, Tasos Zambas and Michalis Galanakis of the Hellenic – American Council of California, had consecutive meetings in the American Caputal with Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, director for European Affairs of the National Security Council, and Phil Gordon, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Contact is being made on the occasion of the final rounds of negotiations which are bound to take place and before the pause of discussions which were concluded on Thursday in Congress, with meetings made with Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, Senator Robert Menendes and the President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US Congress, Mr. Berman.

It is interesting to note here, that the members of the Hellenic Diaspora, during their discussions provided information from the Turkish press, according to which in a discussion held between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, approved Mr. Talat’s Proposals.

“Both US officials have denied this information, by stating that the US cannot take sides between the proposals made by both parties, which must be discussed between the two leaders” state the members of the Hellenic Diaspora. “Especially Mr. Gordon placed emphasis repeatedly on the fact that the era of the Annan Plan is over, as it was rejected.

He told us that no such plan will be made again and if an agreement is made, then it will be a matter of the two leaders. He also stressed that, no matter how small Cyprus is, it should not be alarmed by the pressure posed by the US, or anyone else, because the US acknowledge the fact that each leader must make the decision on the future of their own community, by taking into account the interests of their people”.

The delegation also placed great emphasis on both US officials on the issue of the negativity of the Turkish side in the negotiations, by noting that more progress would have been made if both communities were left to discuss the matters on their own, without any obstacles.

Source: Greek News

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