By Evie Andreou
FORMER U.S. Secretary of State and national security advisor Henry Kissinger “fully encouraged the Turkish invasion as he encouraged the junta in Athens in their actions against the elected president of Cyprus,” Eugene Rossides, founder and former chairman of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) claims in his latest book.
Rossides presented the book, ‘Kissinger and Cyprus: A study in lawlessness’, in Nicosia on Wednesday where he characterised the American official as a “war criminal” but that he could not stand trial due to his age.
Rossides said that Kissinger was disturbed by Makarios’ decision to make Cyprus a member of the Non-Aligned Movement and that this was the reason he wanted to get rid of Makarios.
British High Commissioner Ric Todd, who was present at the presentation, urged Rossides to agree that they disagree when the author said that Cyprus must claim rents owed to it by Great Britain for the British Bases.
Government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said that the U.S and other partners must continue to send Turkey the message that it shares a serious political, economic and energy cost from the non-solution of the Cyprus problem and that the solution will bring significant benefits.
He also said that Cyprus is the only country that can become the bridge between countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, and even Turkey in the case of a solution.
AHI’s chairman Nick Larigakis said that the Greek diaspora is doing what it can for the Cyprus issue, acting as an advocate for Nicosia’s positions in Washington, in order for the island to reunite and to put an end to the illegal invasion and occupation, breach of human rights, but also circumvention of American law.