Republic of Cyprus's Independence Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 30, 2011

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send congratulations to the people of the Republic of Cyprus as you celebrate your Independence Day this October 1.

Our two countries have enjoyed a long history of cooperation. Recently, you demonstrated your commitment to this relationship by opening your borders to hundreds of Americans and others who were fleeing unrest in the middle east, providing a safe haven to those in need.

The United States supports your efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation. We believe that negotiations are essential, and we urge all parties to intensify their work on behalf of peace and progress.

As you celebrate this special day, know that the United States looks forward to strengthening the bonds of friendship between our two countries as we work to build a more peaceful and prosperous future for both our countries.

PRN: 2011/1637