U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today met with Deputy Minister for European Affairs Andreas Mavroyiannis of the Republic of Cyprus. Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, along with fellow members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Deputy Minister Mavroyiannis discussed the upcoming Cyprus Presidency of the European Union and the U.S.-Cyprus relationship. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Eight years after becoming a full member of the European Union, Cyprus will assume the Presidency this summer for the first time. Cyprus has set forth an ambitious agenda for its tenure, with particular emphasis on economic growth, job creation, and the promotion of human rights around the world. I wish Cyprus well as it begins this important endeavor.
"Yet, even as Cyprus continues to use its voice to advocate for the rights of oppressed people, its own citizens continue to suffer from the ongoing division, conflict and military occupation of their country. This is a critical year for Cyprus reconciliation talks, and now more than ever it is important that all responsible nations support those efforts.
"I am hopeful that a peaceful and equally beneficial solution can still be achieved if both sides engage in the negotiations in good faith."