President Bush extends greetings on Cyprus Independence anniversary
"I share your oft-expressed hope that it will be a reunited Cyprus that joins the European Union on May 1 of next year".
US President George W. Bush congratulated his Cypriot counterpart on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus. He stressed that the United States remains as firm as ever in its commitment to finding a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem:
"Dear Mr. President,
I extend my warmest greetings to you and the people of the Republic of Cyprus as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1. The American people join me in welcoming the occasion and reaffirming the strong friendship between our two countries.
The United States remains as firm as ever in its commitment to finding a comprehensive, just and lasting solution on the basis of UN Secretary General Annan?s plan to the differences that have divided Cyprus for far too long. I share your oft-expressed hope that it will be a reunited Cyprus that joins the European Union on May 1 of next year. As we continue to work hard on this issue in the months ahead, I greatly appreciate your commitment and leadership.
My best wishes to you and the people of Cyprus for the year ahead. May it be a year of peace and prosperity.
George W. Bush"