Ros-Lehtinen Screens Cyprus Documentary

By McMahon, Janet | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, September/October 2002 | Go to article overview
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Ros-Lehtinen Screens Cyprus Documentary


McMahon, Janet, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


On July 17, during the week marking the 28th anniversary of Turkey's invasion of northern Cyprus, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) hosted a congressional screening of the award-winning documentary, "Beyond Division: Reunifying the Republic of Cyprus." In remarks prior to the screening, the Havana-born chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on International Organizations and Human Rights noted that the Cyprus situation reminded her of Castro's takeover of her homeland, when "11 million Cubans became refugees." If there is no solution to the Cyprus problem before the island nation's expected accession to the European Union, she added, "Turkey will be occupying European territory."

Cypriot Ambassador to the U.S. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis described producer Peter Vogt's half-hour documentary as "a message of hope and determination to see the ugly division of Cyprus come to an end." The film reviews the history of Cyprus from its days under British rule (or, more accurately, "divide and rule") through its struggle for independence and attempt to function under an "ineffective constitution imposed by Britain, Turkey and Greece.

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