H.Con. Res. 199 (Regarding Turkey’s Claims of Sovereignty over islands and islets in the Aegean Sea)
On August 2, 2007, Representative Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ) reintroduced H.Con.Res.199, "Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding Turkey's claims of sovereignty over islands and islets in the Aegean Sea." The resolution establishes that:
H.Con.Res.199 expresses the view of the House of Representatives that the boundaries between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean have been established once and for all and that islands and islets on the Greek side, including the islets of Imia, are the sovereign territory of Greece.
AHI initiated this resolution with Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ).
REMOVING THE TURKISH OCCUPATION TROOPS
H.Res. 627 and H.Res. 620 (To support the removal of Turkish occupation troops from the Republic of Cyprus)
In August, two resolutions were introduced that called on Turkey to remove its troops from Cyprus. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) introduced H.Res. 627 that supports the removal of Turkish occupation troops from the Republic of Cyprus. The six cosponsors of H.Res. 627 are Albio Sires (D-NJ), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ), Zachary T. Space (D-OH), John Sarbanes (D-MD), and Joseph Crowley (D-NY). The second resolution, H.Res. 620, sponsored by Rep. Albio Sires complements Bilirakis’ H.Res. 627.
H.Res. 627, initiated by AHI, emphasizes the Turkish occupation troops that have been in Cyprus since the illegal invasion of July 20, 1974. In the last three decades, Turkish troops have increased to 43,000 in the Occupied Territories. The resolution addresses that the U.S. has advocated support for the July 8, 2006 accord between the President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat under auspices of the United Nations. Yet, the U.S. government has not formally advocated for the removal of Turkish occupation troops. The U.S. has supported UN efforts for the reunification of Cyprus within a bi-zonal, bi-federation while ignoring the illegal Turkish troop occupation of Cyprus. Reunification for Cyprus will occur when the U.S. addresses the need to withdraw all Turkish troops.
The removal of the illegal Turkish occupation troops from Cyprus is critical to a settlement on the Cyprus issue. We urge everyone to contact their Representative to cosponsor and support these very important resolutions.
H.Res. 627 calls for the House of Representatives to:
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