Pence and Mogherini agree on the importance of Cyprus Conference

US Vice President Mike Pence and the EU’s High Representative and Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini agreed on the importance of the ongoing Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

During a telephone conversation, on Wednesday, the two also expressed hope that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders will agree to a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation to the benefit of all Cypriots.

According to a White House Spokesperson, the Vice President and the High Representative also discussed trade and the Vice Presidents upcoming travel to Estonia, Georgia, and Montenegro.

CNA learns that Pence intends to speak over the phone both with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. According to a well-informed source from the Greek Cypriot side, the conversation might be scheduled for Friday, due to President Anastasiades’ prior engagements, as he is meeting today in Crans-Montana with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

UN-facilitated peace talks began in Crans-Montana on June 28 to help find a negotiated settlement that would reunify Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency