Cicilline Statement on Turkish Prime Minister

Friday, November 15, 2013

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) issued the following statement after Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan claimed "there is no country named Cyprus:"

"I am appalled by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s insensitive comments this week regarding the sovereign nation of Cyprus. The Prime Minister’s refusal to acknowledge the illegal occupation of Cyprus, the religious freedom of Greek Cypriots, and the legitimacy of this great nation is an affront to anyone who respects the rule of law and Cyprus’s right to self-determination. I urge the Obama administration to immediately repudiate these comments in the strongest possible terms and reiterate the United States’ longstanding support and recognition of the Republic of Cyprus."



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