On the Occasion of Independence Day in Cyprus

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 29, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Cyprus as you celebrate the 56th anniversary of your nation’s Independence.

The bonds of friendship between the Republic of Cyprus and the United States are rooted in common values of freedom and democracy, and can be seen in our joint efforts to promote peace, prosperity, and security for all our citizens. Together, we are acting to advance economic development for Cyprus’ businesses and workers, enhance border security, deepen our energy cooperation, counter violent extremism, and curb the proliferation of dangerous weapons.

Even as Cyprus marks this important anniversary, we remain focused on finding a fair and lasting solution to the longstanding division of the island. Cypriot leaders have demonstrated tremendous dedication, persistence, and perseverance in pursuit of an agreement on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation – and I truly believe that a reunified Cyprus is finally within reach.

I extend my warmest wishes to all Cypriots on this special day.