WASHINGTON, DC—The American Hellenic Institute applauds the non-deployment of Turkish troops to Iraq. AHI General Counsel, Gene Rossides, stated: "The non-deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq is a wise decision. AHI, together with prominent Kurdish, Armenian and Greek American organizations, in a joint letter of October 21, 2003, sent to President George W. Bush, had warned the Administration about the implications for the U.S. to send Turkish troops to Iraq. We certainly hope that our voice was a factor taken into consideration." The joint letter states:
With regard to Turkey’s behavior to its minorities and neighbors, the letter states:
"Turkey is an aggressor nation. It has 35,000 illegal occupation troops and 100,000 illegal settlers in Cyprus."
"Turkey’s illegal economic blockage of Armenia prevents aid to Armenia including U.S. humanitarian and pharmaceutical aid."
Given the ethnic cleavages Turkey has created in the Southeastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, the letter warned that "The use of Turkish troops in Iraq will set back our efforts and cause additional problems."
It’s time that the U.S. redefined its relations with Turkey. The issue with the deployment of Turkish troops to Iraq demonstrated that Turkey is not only an unreliable ally, but one of limited value.
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The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) and its affiliate organizations, the American Hellenic Institute Public Affairs Committee (AHIPAC), the American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF), and the AHI Business Network, a division of the AHI, are working together under one roof, to provide a joint program for strengthening United States relations with Greece and Cyprus and within the American Hellenic community.