- The Washington Times - Monday, May 3, 2010


My family has more than a dozen missing relatives in Cyprus. Many disappeared in the late 1960s, and others disappeared in 1974, so it was with great pleasure that I read your article “Ghosts of conflict” (Geopolitics, March 31).

Unfortunately, such a well-written article about the humanity of the efforts of young searchers working for the Committee on Missing Persons was politicized with the comments in a Tuesday letter to the editor by Cyprus Ambassador Andreas S. Kakouris. While the article went to great lengths to give an unbiased explanation of past events and emphasized that the work of the committee was only about bringing closure to families with missing relatives, Mr. Kakouris’ letter makes a blatant partisan and political statement that distorts the article and is insensitive to the mission of the workers as well as to the Turkish Cypriot population on the island.

The map to which Mr. Kakouris refers does not distort history or lack sensitivity. It simply depicts the current status of the island and the existing demographic reality. I would surely hope Mr. Kakouris did not intend to be insensitive to my Cypriot family, members of which have lived there for more than nine generations, by dismissing them as persons without status. The establishment of the Green Line boundary has brought security and stability to my family and balance to protect the interests of the island’s two peoples. I am grateful that you ran the article.


Former president

Maryland American Turkish Association

Rockville, Md.

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