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Resolution condemning Turkey’s aggression towards Cyprus garners bipartisan US support

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Nicole Malliotakis

A resolution condemning Turkey’s aggression towards Cyprus garnered bipartisan support on Friday at the US House foreign affairs committee.

Greek Public Broadcasting (ERT)’s DC correspondent Lena Argiri tweeted that the committee passed congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis’ resolution titled “Condemning Turkey for its repeated aggression towards Cyprus”.

In her resolution, Malliotakis, who is the daughter of a Greek immigrant, condemns Turkey for its continued military presence on the island, calling on the country to withdraw its troops, reverse its unilateral actions in Varosha and stop interfering with Cyprus’ EEZ.

“Turkey has been illegally occupying Cyprus for nearly 50 years, violating the Treaty of Guarantee which established and guaranteed Cyprus’ independence” she states.

“With Turkey only becoming more aggressive towards Cyprus and our allies in the Eastern Mediterranean, it`s critically important for the United States to stand with our allies in support of freedom and democracy”.

Some representatives sided with the resolution while others, like Republican Steve Chabot speaking against it, saying that there is no proof that the US will benefit from supporting one side and condemning another through “a unilateral resolution that focuses selectively and out of the historical context on actions allegedly committed by Turkey”.

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