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AHI Sends Letters To Washington Times And Washington Post Regarding Current Turkish Financial Crisis
July 2, 2002 No. 35/02 (202) 785-8430

AHI Sends Letters To Washington Times And Washington Post Regarding Current Turkish Financial Crisis

On June 24 and June 26, 2002, the AHI sent separate letters (copies attached) to the editors of The Washington Times and The Washington Post, respectively, responding to recent articles about Turkey's role in the international coalition against terrorism. In both letters, AHI General Counsel Gene Rossides questioned Turkey's reliability as an ally of the U.S.

Contrary to Georgie Anne Geyer's June 22, 2002 editorial which argued that "nobody questions the unusual record of the Turks in supporting well-thought-out American policies," Mr. Rossides' June 24 letter to The Washington Timesquestions Turkey's reliability based on current Turkish opposition to U.S. military action against Saddam Hussein, and other previous examples.

Nora Boustany's June 26 column in The Washington Post quoted a Turkish diplomat as saying that Turkey wishes to bring "peace and stability" in Afghanistan as it assumes leadership of the peacekeeping force in Kabul. However, Mr. Rossides' June 26 response argues that, "before Turkey asserts it purported role as a peace-loving, stabilizing force in the east, it should look west to its violent and destabilizing behavior in Cyprus, the Aegean and in Turkey."

AHI's letters to The Washington Times (click here) and The Washington Post(click here) are attached. For additional information, including copies of the original articles, please contact Chrysoula Economopoulos at (202) 785-8430 or For general information on AHI, please see our website at