Architect of U.S. arms embargo on Turkey dies aged 92

Gene Rossides, the Greek-American architect of the U.S. arms embargo against Turkey after the invasion of Cyprus, has died at the age of 92.

The former lawyer and politician died on Saturday at his home in Washington D.C, the Greek newspaper Kathimerini said.

Rossides founded the American Hellenic Institute in 1974 to lobby congress against Turkish actions in Cyprus. He gained bipartisan support for the embargo on the export of U.S. arms to Turkey, which took effect on February 5, 1975 and remained in force until 1978.

Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded the northern third of the island in 1974 in response to a Greek Cypriot coup that sought unification with Greece.

Approximately 35,000 Turkish troops remain stationed in the Turkish Cypriot north of Cyprus and United Nations peacekeepers patrol its border with the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus, which joined the European Union in 2004.