AHEPA is a reliable vehicle through which American citizens of Greek heritage, and Philhellenes, contribute to the prosperity of U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus. We accomplish this through our mission and through the community service initiatives and programs of our chapters worldwide. Although AHEPA members pride themselves on their Hellenic heritage, it is our American heritage and ideals upon which we base our positions for United States policy in the eastern Mediterranean. Our positions are always rooted in the best interests of the United States. Broadly, they include:
- Promoting continued efforts for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem
- Advancing reconciliation and rapprochement in the Eastern Mediterranean, in particular in the Aegean Sea
- Securing religious freedom and protection for the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul (H.Res.236/S.Res.356)
In its history, AHEPA has been credited by State Department officials for opening up an era of “Track Two” diplomacy that began with such initiatives as visiting Ankara on three occasions (1997, 1998, 2001) to meet with Turkish foreign ministry and military officials and crossing the “Green Line” that since 1974 has divided the island of Cyprus (May 2001) into the Republic of Cyprus and the illegally-occupied northern area by Turkey.
AHEPA has submitted written testimony on U.S. policy toward the eastern Mediterranean before Congress that has been accepted into the public record.
In the 111th Congress, legislation has been introduced on the issues of freedom of religion for the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The legislation is:
- H.Res.236 and S.Res.356: securing religious freedom and protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
The legislation currently rests with the foreign affairs committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.