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AHI reflects on Kissinger’s controversial legacy in Cyprus


The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) issued a statement on Dec. 4, commenting on the legacy of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and his failure in addressing the Cyprus issue. Kissinger passed away on November 29 at the age of 100. As the world reflects on Henry Kissinger’s legacy, AHI emphasized the enduring impact of his decisions on U.S.-Cypriot relations and the ongoing challenges faced by the Republic of Cyprus.

The statement is as follows:

“On November 29, 2023, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger passed away at age 100, ending a long and controversial career in U.S. foreign policy. As the United States and the rest of the world reflects on his legacy, Kissinger’s failure in U.S.-Cypriot relations must be remembered for all the hardship and suffering it caused, the effects of which continue to be felt to this day.

From his involvement in carpet-bombing Cambodia to his repeated support for coups and dictators, Kissinger had an extensive history of foreign policy decisions that faced criticism for being both unethical and ineffective at securing the long-term interests of the United States. Many of these decisions have also been criticized for being anti-democratic and damaging to the rules-based international order.

One such policy was to support Turkey’s invasion and occupation of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974, in which Turkey violated international law and forcibly displaced thousands of rightful owners from their property. This created an international crisis that still has yet to be resolved, as Turkey continues to unlawfully occupy over one-third of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.

When faced with the choice of deciding whether or not the U.S. should allow the invasion to occur, Kissinger argued that “The Turkish tactics are right—grab what they want and then negotiate on the basis of possession” because “There is no American reason why the Turks should not have one-third of Cyprus”.