Remarks by Assistant Secretary Nuland – Press Walkout after Meeting President Anastasiades

Thank you, I’m very happy to be here today.

I just had a really productive meeting with President Anastasiades.  I’m looking forward to going to see Mr. Akinci later in the day.  The United States is really encouraged by the hard work that both leaders are doing for peace now; very encouraged by the reports that we have been getting from both sides of the island about the commitment now to really give the people of Cyprus the peace, the stability, the opportunity, the future that they deserve.  We are strong supporters of a Cyprus deal by Cypriots, for Cypriots.  Our role is to support this strong process that is going on, and that is what we are here to do today. Thank you very much.

I would also say that our bilateral relationship with the island is growing.  On the economic side and on the security side, and we look forward to all the people of Cyprus benefiting from that as well.

Thank you very much.