Cyprus problem and Eastern Mediterranean discussed during Greece-US strategic dialogue

The Cyprus problem and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean were discussed during the Greece-US strategic dialogue launced on Thursday in Washington, focusing on regional defense, security and energy.

Greeces Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos, who leads the Greek delegation, had talks with Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell and other officials. Later today he will meet with US State Secretary Mike Pompeo.

According to Greek sources, the delegations covered issues of regional interest in the Eastern Mediterranean, and especially security challenges and the very important cooperation with Cyprus. They also touched upon the need of the US to support international law in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean as well as a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the UN resolutions.

They also discussed the situation in the Balkans and the recent Prespes agreement between Greece and FYROM.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-backed peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

On Friday UNSG Envoy Jane Hall Lute is expected to arrive on the island for talks with President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci hoping that they could agree upon terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumptions of talks. Today Lute was in Ankara and met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Source: Cyprus News Agency