This web site has become largely superfluous.
What seemed like a long nineteen months turned out to be a very short time for the dramatic changes that took place in Greek-Turkish relations.
The goals of THUS, our goals, are on the way to
rapid realization, thanks to some clever cyberpublicity, the hard work of many individuals, the confluence of unanticipated political events and, yes, God.
Those who helped make THUS a reality (and, therefore, contributed to its goals in an important way) are credited in the pages of this web site and the Forum, but I want to single out Leylim
Erenel, the beautiful Turkish princess at Georgetown University, whom I have known via telephone and email but never met.
only because of Leylim's intelligent vision, commitment, apparently unlimited energy, seemingly supernatural diplomatic abilities and selfless love that THUS became a force and a
catalyst and, although no opportunity arose for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, Leylim will always be the Nobel laureate in my mind and in my heart.
The serendipitous and synergistic
political events and acts of God, Apo's capture, the ensuing resignation of George Pangalos and his replacement with Papandreou, the catastrophic Ismit earthquake etc. are well known.
I think that God heard our prayers, with the loving help of Turkey's -- and the world's --
highest Christian authority, His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, who gave THUS His generous and unconditional
endorsement and support, because Leylim asked.
I humbly and wholeheartedly thank all of you who took the time and made the effort to help THUS; those who freely offered your work,
time, ideas and thoughts to me and to Leylim. Your are the kernel of lasting peace and the bond of a union between our two peoples.