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Cyprus: A Country and People Forcibly Divided-Why Reunification Matters

His Excellency Andreas Kakouris, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United States

4:30pm - Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall / March 16, 2009

photoThe island of Cyprus, the European Union’s lighthouse in the eastern Mediterranean, has been forcibly divided since the Turkish invasion and occupation in the summer of 1974. The continuing division of the island and its people raises a host of issues related to violations of international law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. Efforts to find a solution have to date proved unsuccessful. Currently, a new process and direct talks aimed at a negotiated solution are taking place between the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mehmet Ali Talat, under the auspices of the United Nations. The Ambassador will discuss the issues surrounding the Cyprus Problem, the current efforts for a solution, the implications of the continued Turkish occupation, EU/Turkish relations and why reunification of this small island and its people in the Mediterranean matters.

Co-sponsored by the Hellenic Student Association (HSA)