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Porter, John Edward (1935-) To Carlos J Moorhead

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09613.01.22 Author/Creator: Porter, John Edward (1935-) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 12 July 1995 Pagination: 1 p. ; 23.3 x 17.5 cm.

A thank you letter from John Edward Porter, the House representative for Illinois's tenth district, to Moorhead for his support of the Porter-Wolf-Smith amendment which cut $25 million from economic assistance to Turkey. This was a response to "Turkish intransigence for the last 21 years regarding Cyprus, its blockade of U.S. humanitarian assistance bound for Armenia, and its egregious genocide against the Kurdish minority" In the hope that this disapproval would change the direction of a valued ally. Porter also says "torture, extrajudicial killings by military and police, severe repression of government criticism and free speech have increasingly become the hallmark of the Turkish regime. If these policies continue, Turkish democracy will eventually be undermined and will fail." This letter is on Porter's House of Representative stationary.

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