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Detroit Public TV to Premiere Cyprus Documentary on Sept. 13 

WASHINGTON, DC — Detroit Public Television, WTVS Channel 56, will premiere the one-hour documentary, “Cyprus Still Divided: A U.S. Foreign Policy Failure,” Mon., Sept. 13, 2010. It will be released throughout the entire PBS system in late September (check local listings at www.pbs.org).

“Cyprus Still Divided” finally reveals the web of domestic politics, the realpolitik of Henry Kissinger, and repeated refusal of successive U.S. presidents to demand that the rule of law and fundamental human rights be upheld in Cyprus.  For example, the documentary presents a recently declassified 1974 State Department memorandum that clearly indicts Secretary of State Kissinger, who wrote, “There is no American reason why the Turks should not have one-third of Cyprus.”

“Newly-released information about U.S. policy toward Cyprus, such as the declassified State Department memorandum written by Secretary Kissinger, sheds new light on the 36-year-old issue and the public must be made aware,” said Executive Director Nick Larigakis. “The documentary accomplishes this task by presenting the facts in a clear and concise manner.”

“Cyprus Still Divided” also looks to the future of the divided island in the context of the ongoing settlement negotiations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot community that began in September 2008.  The documentary says: “By abandoning the rule of law and its principles, the United States had a role in causing the present division of Cyprus. It remains to be seen whether the U.S. can perform a role inreunifying Cyprus.”

Excerpts from “Cyprus Still Divided: A U.S. Foreign Policy Failure”

Journalist Christopher Hitchens on Kissinger: “It’s difficult to encapsulate the wickedness of Kissinger’s role in a sentence but if you wanted to try for a epigram it would be: ‘To support the Greeks as long as they were fascists and to turn against them only when they were democrats, to support the Turks only when they were aggressors and to end up with a country ruined and partitioned’ which, I have to believe, was, in fact, the objective of the policy in the first place.”

Thomas Boyatt, State Department employee who was removed by Kissinger as head of the Cyprus desk operation shortly after the Turkish invasion: “I recommended to Dr. Kissinger that he use his considerable influence to keep the Turkish army in the enclave where they were originally before they drove to both coasts and we, obviously, did not bring enough pressure to achieve that because they did break out of the Kyrenian pocket and their tanks went to both coasts, dividing the island in half.”

“We appreciate Detroit Public Television for premiering this important documentary that scrutinizes the United States’ foreign policy perspective of the Cyprus issue,” Larigakis said.  “We strongly encourage the Detroit community to tune-in to watch.  We are confident viewers will find it informative and insightful and hope they encourage their federal representatives to call upon the White House to rectify the situation for justice for all those who have suffered and still suffer today.”

The documentary was produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, George Veras and made possible by solicited financial support through the American Hellenic Institute Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, tax-exempt educational and research organization. The DVD is available for purchase at $24.95 plus $3.50 for shipping and handling by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or clicking the following link to order online via Paypal.