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US Ambassador congratulates Cyprus
2003-04-16 12:18:59

Nicosia, Apr 16 (CNA) -- The US congratulated today Cyprus on signing the Accession Treaty with the European Union, to become a fully-fledged member in May 2004.

US Ambassador in Nicosia Michael Klosson, in a statement issued here today, said this would render the bilateral relationship even more wide-ranging and noted that Washington looks forward to expanding its dialogue and deepening cooperation with Cyprus. ''I want to congratulate the government of Cyprus on its signature today of the EU accession treaty. The United States has long been supportive of Cyprus’ aspirations to join the European Union. With the signing of the treaty in Athens, that dream moves toward reality,'' Ambassador Klosson said in his statement. The US, he said, had hoped that the UN Secretary General's efforts to reach a just and durable settlement would have led to the signature of the accession treaty by a unified Cyprus. ''We regret that this, despite strong efforts by the UN Secretary General, the United States and other members of the international community, proved not possible for reasons cited by the UN Secretary General,'' he added. The people of the United States and Cyprus benefit from our countries’ rich and multi-faceted relationship, supported by strong economic, commercial, cultural, educational, social and political ties, Klosson noted. ''Today, as Cyprus prepares to join the EU, the relationship between our two countries will become even more wide-ranging. The US looks forward to expanding our dialogue with the Republic of Cyprus to include issues related to its membership in the EU. We look forward to deepening our cooperation even further,'' the US diplomat concluded.| CNA MM/GP/2003 ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY 16/04/2003

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