PRESIDENT BUSH CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT CLERIDES ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
On October 1st the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, sent the following message of congratulations on the occasion of Independence Day to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Glafcos Clerides:
" Congratulations to you and tthe people of the Republic of Cyprus as you celebrate your National Day, October 1. The American people join me in welcoming the occasion and reaffirming the strong friendship between our countries.
The United States remains firmly committed to supporting efforts to find a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the differences that have divided Cyprus for far too long. As we work hard on this issue in the crucial weeks and months ahead, I greatly appreciate your courage and determined leadership and encourage all concerned parties to remain flexible and constructive.
My best wishes to you and the people of Cyprus for the coming year. May it be a year of peace and prosperity.""