AHEPA Applauds US Brokered Greek Turkish Communique
By George Savidis, Director, AHEPA Office of Public Affairs
Washington, July 9, 1997 -- The largest Greek American
group has expressed its satisfaction following the issuance yesterday of a
joint Greek-Turkish communique outlining the basis for better
The agreement was reached by Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers
Theodoros Pangalos and Ismail Cem during the recent NATO meetings in Madrid
and reaffirmed by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis and Turkish President
U.S. Secretary of Sate Madeleine Albright had facilitated the deal.
The agreement is the first positive result of the recent decision by the
Clinton Administration to pro-actively address Greek-Turkish relations and
the Turkish occupation of part of Cyprus, which continue to threaten the
stability of the region.
A crisis in December of 1995 and January of 1996, over Turkish claims
and military actions in violation of international treaties in the Aegean,
had seriously damaged relations between the two NATO allies. Tensions had
remained high with increased Turkish Aegean overflights and bellicose
statements in the interim.
A partial U.S. arms embargo, particularly aimed against Turkey, but also
affecting Greece, has been in place as a result of the tensions.
AHEPA is also optimistic at the placement of U.S. focus, and high caliber
diplomats, such as former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke, on
the Cyprus issue.
The AHEPA Office of Public and Government Affairs represents the largest
Greek American organization in Washington
AHEPA is the American Hellenic
Educational Progressive Association.