NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP)–A U.S. lawyer says he has filed a class-action lawsuit against Turkey for allegedly using U.S.-supplied arms to commit human rights violations on Cyprus.
Athan T. Tsimpedes says U.S. law forbids countries from using American weapons to breach international law.
He said Thursday that the lawsuit was filed last October in a District of Columbia court on behalf of three Greek Cypriots.
Tsimpedes said that Turkey used U.S. arms to evict Greek Cypriots from their homes in 1974 when it invaded the Greek island.
Tsimpedes, who is seeking $400 billion (274.73 billion euros) in damages, said he was also suing authorities in the island’s Turkish Cypriot north for promoting in D.C. the sale of Greek Cypriot property.