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Memorial service and contacts by Diaspora representatives for the 36th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus
New York20.07.2010

The Hellenism of America will continue, without any sense of “defeatism” and “factious views” its struggle for “claiming justice” for the people of Cyprus, stressed the speakers at the memorial service for the fallen during junta’s coup and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, noting that “1974 is not the past, because the crime continues”.

On Sunday at the Church of Agia Ekaterini, officiated by the Archbishop of America Demetrios, the annual memorial took place, conducted by the Cyprus Federation of America and the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA).

On the occasion of the conclusion of 36 years since the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, members of the Cyprus Federation of America and PSEKA will meet today in Washington with American senators and congressmen, whilst a special event will be organized in a hall of the Congress. In addition, members of Overseas Cypriot bodies will be making contacts with State Department officials, who will be informed on the views of the Greek Cypriot side, seeking their intervention in order to “impose pressure on the Turkish side”, so that it will adopt a conciliatory stance, as the President of the Cyprus Federation of America, Peter Papanikolaou stressed, adding that “it is unacceptable for American foreign policy to allow a European country to remain forcefully divided and with American weapons, one third of the population being unable to return to their homes and the violation of the rights of the entire population”.

Source: ANAMPA

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