Kathimerini Greece Newsroom
The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) issued a statement on Monday, commenting on the legacy of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his significant failure in addressing the Cyprus issue. Kissinger passed away last week at the age of 100.
The statement highlighted Kissinger's extensive history of foreign policy decisions, criticized for their ethical concerns and ineffectiveness in safeguarding long-term U.S. interests. The institute emphasized the enduring impact of Kissinger's choices, particularly in the realm of U.S.-Cypriot relations.
Kissinger's involvement in controversial actions, such as the carpet-bombing of Cambodia and support for coups and dictators, has been widely criticized for ethical lapses and their detrimental effects on the United States' adherence to democratic principles and the international order.
A notable instance of his controversial policy decisions was the support for Turkey's invasion and occupation of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974. This military action, deemed a violation of international law, resulted in the forced displacement of thousands of rightful property owners, creating an ongoing international crisis. The statement stressed that the Republic of Cyprus continues to grapple with the unlawful occupation of over one-third of its territory by Turkey.
Kissinger's perspective on the invasion, as cited in the statement, highlighted his argument that "Turkish tactics are right—grab what they want and then negotiate on the basis of possession," asserting that "There is no American reason why the Turks should not have one-third of Cyprus." The consequences of this stance continue to shape the unresolved issues surrounding the Cyprus situation.
As the world reflects on Henry Kissinger's legacy, the AHI emphasized the enduring impact of his decisions on U.S.-Cypriot relations and the ongoing challenges faced by the Republic of Cyprus.