National Day for the Republic of Cyprus

Statement

By:  John Kerry
Date: Sept. 30, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to offer warm wishes to the people of the Republic of Cyprus as you celebrate your country's independence on October 1.

I had the good fortune of hosting Foreign Minister Kasoulides of Cyprus in May, and I can tell you: the partnership between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus has never been stronger.

We share a long history of cooperation and a deep friendship based on common values and a commitment to democracy. Together, we are partners in promoting regional stability, furthering economic development, preserving the world's cultural heritage, combating terrorism, and defending human rights.

I look forward to continuing to deepen the strong ties between our governments and our peoples.

As a good friend of the people of Cyprus, we are hopeful that renewed negotiations between leaders from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities will bring about comprehensive settlement to reunify the island. The United States will continue to support the efforts under U.N. auspices towards the reunification of the island as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

The United States also stands in solidarity with the people of Cyprus as you move forward in your economic recovery. We are mindful of the difficult choices that you have had to make and the challenges that you face. I am confident that by working together, we can secure a more prosperous future.

On this special day, the United States celebrates the importance of our shared history and extends best wishes for the future.