Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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16 August 2007
Two 'Turkey get out' bills now in US Congress
"Although the US Congress has adjourned for the summer, it is encouraging to note that in its House of Representatives there are two Cyprus-related bills, both of which call on Turkey to cease its illegal occupation of the north of the Island."

London--"Although the US Congress has adjourned for the summer, it is encouraging to note that in its House of Representatives there are two Cyprus-related bills, both of which call on Turkey to cease its illegal occupation of the north of the Island," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus.

The first of the measures, according to Theodorou, is House Resolution 627 (HR620) which calls on Turkey "to end its military occupation," and cites in its language that "Turkey's pretext [of its army's presence being necessary to protect the residents of the north] has been refuted by over 13 million crossings by Turkish-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots into each other’s communities without incident.�

The second measure, HR627, asks Congress to "support the removal of Turkish occupation troops from the Republic of Cyprus."

The bills add to momentum that is building in the U.S. to end Turkey’s occupation of Cyprus, as was reported to the May meeting of PSEKA, particularly after more than 13-million peaceful crossings of the Green Line, and also builds on the recent statement by the Chairman of the powerful U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Joseph Biden, who encouraged America to refocus on this matter that is at the heart of the Cyprus problem.

It is interesting to note, said Theodorou, that the creator of the Congressional Turkey Caucus and Chairman of the important House Europe Subcommittee, Congressman Robert Wexler, has written to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that "it is in Turkey’s interests to focus on withdrawing troops." Admittedly, Theodorou conceded, Wexler's letter doesn't specifically indicate that the entire Turkish Army be removed, "which is one of Lobby's demands," but the fact that even he recognizes that the present situation is intolerable, is significant.

The resolutions were introduced by two of the fourteen members of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Congressmen Albio Sires and Gus Bilirakis, with the additional co-sponsorship by Carolyn Maloney and John Sarbanes.

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation dedicated to the re-unification of Cyprus by the removal of the 40,000-man Turkish Army from the illegally-occupied north, the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian colonists imported into the north to change its demographics, and the return of all refugees to their homes.