December 13, 1984

The United States welcomes the announcement late yesterday by United Nations Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar that the two Cypriot communities have agreed to participate in a summit meeting in January. We view this as a very positive development, one that would create new opportunities to end the division of Cyprus and establish a reunited Cypriot Government.

Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar will have our full support as he works toward a settlement, and the United States Government extends its sincere appreciation for his efforts.

Note: Larry M. Speakes read the statement to reporters assembled in the Briefing Room at the White House for his daily press briefing, which began at 9:22 a.m.