We have just received the following open letter from Roger L Jennings to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kudret Ozersay, which we are publishing and passing to the appropriate authorities in Northern Cyprus with the hope that through this initiative there may be a change in the long running Cyprus saga.
Waking the Lion
“…within the heart of every man sleeps a lion…”
Peace and Prosperity for all Cypriots
June 4, 2018
An Open Letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Ozersay
Years ago the US was the Beacon of Hope for the oppressed around the world. The TRNC is oppressed by the UN embargo and EU prejudice. The US is doing nothing to help the TRNC or resolve the differences between Greeks and Turks.
The US State Department is not the friend, or even fair, with the TRNC. The March visit to southern Cyprus by A. Wess Mitchell, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, is proof.
President Trump is unlike any other American leader. He represents traditional American values. If the facts are presented to him, he will establish mutual diplomatic recognition and commercial trade with the TRNC. That will break the embargo and lead to greater prosperity for all Cypriots.
If you want President Trump to take this action, you must be willing to help the TRNC. You need to write to President Trump requesting a special envoy rather than the State Department be appointed representing the US. There is no American with better credentials than the undersigned. For three generations the Jennings family has worked for peace and prosperity for Greeks and Turks. That started with my Grandfather Asa K. Jennings who is the highest decorated person in Greek history. He was appointed by the Greek Government and Gazi M. Kemal of Turkey as their diplomat in common at the Treaty of Lausanne for POW and population exchange
Both Governments knew they were appointing an American who was representing their enemy. And that is just the beginning of the story of service.
We can bring peace and prosperity to Cyprus very quickly, if you and President Akinci will both sign a letter to President Trump.
Roger L. Jennings
References to show qualifications:
Waking the Lion by Roger L. Jennings is a book that describes the Megali Idea and the Greek invasion of Turkey in 1919 followed by the rescue of 1,250,000 Greeks, Armenians and Jews by Asa K. Jennings
Speech delivered by Roger Jennings in Volos, Greece, at dedication of monument to Asa K. Jennings http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2017/0106/ca/jennings_volos.html
You Tube video of Volos dedication ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΗ Asa K.Jennings
“Cyprus and Missing in the Negotiations” by Roger Jennings
“It’s Simple – the Cyprus Negotiations Will Fail” by Roger Jennings
“The Byzantine Textbook and How It Affects Northern Cyprus” by Roger Jennings
“One Man Changed Greece and Turkey Forever: by Roger Jennings
“TRNC Should Celebrate the Release from the Crans-Montana Talks” by Roger Jennings
The Saga of a Friendship: Asa Kent Jennings and The American Friends of Turkey by Turkish author Rifat N. Bali. Istanbul: Libra Kitapcilik ve Yayincilik, 2009
“Time for Change” by Roger Jennings https://cyprusscene.com/2018/02/22/time-for-change-in-cyprus-thinking-and-peace-talks/#more-614910
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