Trump and supporters bear blame for crisis

Americans do not want a war. War is imminent in Cyprus.

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has been notified repeatedly by letters and emails. She does not respond.

Greece and Turkey claim natural gas off the coast of Cyprus. Greece and Turkey do not own Cyprus. The Cypriot people do.

Turkey has 35,000 troops on the island and its navy off shore. Greece has soldiers, its navy and now the French navy to confront the Turks.

Greeks attacked Turks in 1963 and 1974. Another attack is imminent.

War can be prevented by President Donald Trump requiring, in exchange for diplomatic recognition, the Turkish Cypriots to convert gas to higher value products like plastics, synthetics, fertilizer and cosmetics in facilities staffed by equal numbers of Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Excess gas can be sold to the highest bidder for the benefit of all Cypriots. A business solution that includes all Cypriots is better than competition between foreign governments.

When opposing peoples work together to achieve common objectives, they become friends and partners. That is the road to peace.

That is pretty easy to understand. Rep. Stefanik has been repeatedly asked to contact President Trump to make this business offer that costs the United States nothing to the Turkish Cypriots. She does not respond. Maybe if enough people in NY-21 contact her, she will wake up.

For three generations, almost 100 years, my family has been settling disputes as private citizens in the Middle East. My grandfather saved 1,250,000 Greeks, Armenians and Jews, and then was the change maker in Turkey that led to equal rights for women. His son, who was my father, provided arms to Turkey in 1940 that prevented the Nazi army from crossing Turkey to get to Suez and the oil fields. I learned from my father how to deal with the treacherous methods in the Middle East, something State Department bureaucrats do not understand.

And who is blocking the road to peace? Elise Stefanik.

Roger Jennings


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(1) comment

Holmes -- the real one

Roger Jennings of Queensbury --

This was a well written and well thought out letter.

The sad truth is that Elise Stefanik won't act to help Turkish Cypriots.

She won't act any differently than she has acted in the past.

She will, however, act in such a way as to promote herself -- letting the chips fall where they may. Her past no doubt predicts the future on this one.

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