- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 28, 2001

The Greek Cypriot newspaper report, cited in the Briefly section of your April 25 World page, that Greek Cypriot intelligence officials have summoned their Russian counterparts to investigate a suspected Chechen terrorist haven in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is a classic piece of disinformation.

The TRNC categorically denounces terrorism, and actively cooperates in its suppression in accord with international standards. In stark contrast, the Greek Cypriot administration is notorious for its assistance to such terrorist organizations as the Marxist-Leninist Kurdish Worker´s Party (PKK), the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia, and extremists bent on the destruction of Israel.

Greek Cypriots have further aided and abetted international outlawry by harboring the Russian mafia and facilitating major money laundering, according to the State Department and U.S. law enforcement authorities. Indeed, Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Ionnakis Cassulides, during his recent visit to Washington, confessed to Greek Cypriot complicity in money laundering by former Yugoslavian leader Slobodan Milosevic, indicted for genocide and crimes against humanity by the International Tribunal at the Hague.

In short, the Greek Cypriot terrorist allegation against the TRNC is not believable.


AHMET ERDENGIZ

Representative

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Washington

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