The peaceful reunification of Cyprus would resonate well beyond the island, and Cyprus would serve as an inspiration for others who wish to define a new future after a painful past, new US Ambassador in Cyprus Kathleen Ann Doherty said on Wednesday.
Speaking during the presentation of her credentials to President Nicos Anastasiades, Doherty commended his leadership and efforts to reach a just and comprehensive settlement that will reunify the country, stressing that as a friend to Cyprus, the United States is ready to assist.
Referring to relations between the two countries, the Ambassador said the Republic of Cyprus was a valued friend and partner of the United States.
“I am committed to advancing our bilateral relationship and to promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the region and beyond. By working together, we can continue to make progress on fighting terrorism, preventing proliferation, protecting human rights, combating human trafficking, strengthening law enforcement, and improving maritime security. We will continue to look for new ways to cooperate on issues of great importance to Cyprus, the United States, and the region,” she noted.
The ambassador said she would strongly encourage US businesses to come to Cyprus, see its potential, and become a part of its bright future and growing economy.
“At the same time, progress on a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem would have an even more positive impact on the entire island’s economy,” Doherty said.
Anastasiades said progress has been achieved in a number of issues on almost all chapters of the Cyprus Problem.
“However, on other substantive issues there are significant differences that need to be resolved. Differences that, in order to be resolved, would require Turkey’s active and determined contribution, considering that its occupation forces still remain in the northern part of our country,” Anastasiades said.
The president said he believed “both I and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akinci, share the same political courage and resolve to decisively move forward, in order to materialize the joint vision of our people, who desire the solution of the Cyprus problem through a viable, lasting and functional settlement.”