'End The Cyprus Occupation' Resolution Introduced By Menendez

'End The Cyprus Occupation' Resolution Introduced By Menendez

Legislation calls on Turkey to withdraw its 43,000 occupying troops from Republic of Cyprus

Washington - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced a resolution, co-sponsored by Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), that calls on Turkey to withdraw its 43,000 troops from Cyprus and allow for the process of political reconciliation to move forward. The resolution would also call on the United States to influence Turkey to understand the benefits of ending the military occupation.

Turkey's desired ascension into the European Union would be greatly enhanced by such a withdrawal. In addition, the withdrawal of Turkish troops would improve regional stability, improve relations with neighboring Greece, improve relations with the United States, and help Turkey repair its reputation of being opposed to religious tolerance

Sen. Menendez released the following statement:

"Let me be clear, there is no justification for the 43,000 Turkish troops to be in Cyprus. Millions of people have been crossing the buffer zone without incident for years. There are no military attacks and there is no need for military protection of Turkish Cypriots. In the end, these troops only serve to create military tension."

"For the U.S. to remain silent during this unjust occupation injures our moral standing internationally. And because silence is complicity, we must speak out."

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