REMARKS - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
Foreign Minister, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis met with Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at the State Department.
Dr. Marcoullis informed Secretary Clinton about the current phase of the negotiations for the resolution of the Cyprus problem. The two also discussed Turkey's threat against the Republic of Cyprus regarding the latter's sovereign right to conduct research and exploration efforts for the retreival and exploitation of hydrocarbons in its EEZ.
During the meeting, significance was attached to the prospects of energy co-operation that arose both for the Republic of Cyprus and for the rest of the countries which populate the Eastern Mediterranean.
Dr.Marcoullis and Secretary Clinton also discussed the latest developments in the Middle East relating to the Arab Spring, as well as issues associated with Cyprus' assumption of the European Union Presidency in the second half of 2012.
The meeting lasted approximately 45 minutes and was conducted in a very friendly and highly conducive environment. Remakrs which proceed the meeting can be found below:
December 20, 2011
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I am delighted to welcome another foreign minister and one with whom we work closely, and the relationships between our two countries is deepening and broadening all of the time. We’re very pleased that we work together on regional issues as well as bilateral, and we will be discussing those in great depth.
And I want to welcome you here, Foreign Minister, and thank you for coming.
FOREIGN MINISTER KOZAKOU-MARKOULLIS: Madam Secretary, thank you very much. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be here with you and discuss I think what will be a very interesting and important agenda that we have in front of us, dealing with issues of common interest and concern, (inaudible) Cyprus (inaudible), issues about presidency to the European Union, the Middle East, and our neighbors in north part of Africa, and the uprising in the Arab Spring. All these are very interesting issues, and I look forward to discussing them with you.
SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you so much.
FOREIGN MINISTER KOZAKOU-MARKOULLIS: Thank you.