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Message to Prime Minister Menderes of Turkey on the Cyprus Agreement.

February 20, 1959

[Released February 20, 1959. Dated February 19, 1959]

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

The conclusion of an agreement on the substance of a Cyprus settlement by Turkey, Greece, and the United Kingdom, and the representatives of the Cypriot people is indeed a splendid achievement. A high order of statesmanship and resolution was needed to construct the basis for an equitable solution of this grave problem. I want you to know how much I admire your efforts, and those of your Foreign Minister, Mr. Zorlu, in the important negotiations which preceded the agreement.

The solution owes its impetus to Turkish-Greek understanding and cooperation. It will surely strengthen the NATO alliance and indeed the entire Free World.

I know that serious obstacles stood in the way. I can appreciate, all the more, the understanding and patience which were needed to achieve this significant step.

With warm personal regard,

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

Note: This message was released at Acapulco, Mexico.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Message to Prime Minister Menderes of Turkey on the Cyprus Agreement. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/235245

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