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Secretary Clinton discusses Cyprus at 2011 Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey relations
2011-11-01 13:20:00

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton participated in the Annual Conference focused on U.S. - Turkish ties, organized by the American Turkish council and attended by Turkish, as well as American officials.

During her speech, Secretary Clinton mentioned that the U.S. is also "focused on Cyprus", adding that "all parties agree on the fundamental goal of achieving a lasting settlement on the island that results in a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation."

Elaborating further on the Cyprus problem, Sec. Clinton expressed the U.S.'support towards the UN’s mediation, stressing that the U.S. "believe that public rhetoric on all sides must be kept to a minimum to give the parties space needed to achieve a solution."

Mrs. Clinton also reiterated that the U.S. "recognize the right of the Republic of Cyprus to explore for natural resources in its exclusive economic zone, including with the assistance of U.S. companies", adding that she "look forwards to both sides benefiting from shared resources in the context of an overall agreement."

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