THANKING CYPRUS FOR ITS SUPPORT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
HON. MICHAEL BILIRAKIS (Extensions of Remarks - December 07, 2001) HON. MICHAEL BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, December 6, 2001
Mr. BILIRAKIS. Mr. Speaker, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the government and people of the Republic of Cyprus for expressing their heartfelt condolences and sympathies to our nation. They have declared their unconditional and immediate condemnation of the heinous acts of terrorism against the people of the United States on September 11, 2001.
The Republic of Cyprus has always unequivocally condemned terrorist acts while cooperating with other governments to stamp out terrorism. Following the recent horrific events in New York and Washington, the government and people of Cyprus , standing shoulder to shoulder with the United States, reaffirmed their commitment to the international fight against the perpetrators of terrorism and those that sponsor such barbaric acts.
They also reiterated their determination to further augment their capacity to collect and utilize information for the purpose of combating terrorism and eliminating its sources of funding, pledging to cooperate both at the bilateral level, as well as internationally.
As America confronts one of the most ominous challenges in its history, it is reassuring to know that we have the unconditional and unequivocal support from good friends such as Cyprus . Upholding the ideals of freedom, justice, democracy and human dignity are treasured values both Americans and Cypriots hold dear.