Kerry: The historic moment of Cyprus’ reunification is within reach

US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the continued firm support of the United States for a fair and lasting political solution to the longstanding division of Cyprus, expressing optimism that “with the strong commitment of both courageous Cypriot leaders and the support of the United Nations and the international community, the historic moment of reunification is within reach.”
“We believe this is the best chance in decades to achieve a permanent and mutually acceptable outcome,” Kerry said in a press statement on the occasion of Cyprus` Independence Day on October 1st.
“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Cyprus on your 55th Independence Day this October 1. The Republic of Cyprus is a valued friend and partner of the United States. We share a long history of advancing mutual priorities such as promoting regional stability, fostering economic development, protecting cultural heritage, and defending human rights. Beyond these shared interests, our friendship is rooted in the democratic ideals and values of freedom and democracy that link our two countries,” Kerry noted.
He added that “as the Republic of Cyprus celebrates this important day, I would like to express the continued firm support of the United States for a fair and lasting political solution to the longstanding division of the island. I am optimistic that with the strong commitment of both courageous Cypriot leaders and the support of the United Nations and the international community, the historic moment of reunification is within reach. We believe this is the best chance in decades to achieve a permanent and mutually acceptable outcome,” Kerry stressed.
“I wish all the people of the Republic of Cyprus peace, prosperity, and a happy celebration as you mark this historic Independence Day,” US Secretary of State concluded.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-led talks between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci began in May this year with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
Source: CNA

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