US supports resumption of Cyprus talks the soonest, pledges new US ambassador, acknowledges Cyprus’ right to its EEZ

The United States of America supports the resumption of direct negotiations as soon as possible, pledged the country’s new ambassador to Cyprus, Judith Garber adding that the US has consistently recognized the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop the resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone.

At the same time, President Nicos Anastasiades told Garber that ExxonMobil’s recent announcement of discovery of a natural gas reservoir in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, will be a game changer for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, enhancing its strategic significance.

In remarks at the presentation of her credentials to President Anastasiades, Garber said that this is an exciting time in US-Cyprus relations as the interests of Cyprus and the United States in the Eastern Mediterranean have become increasingly aligned, adding that the US has consistently recognized the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop the resources in its EEZ.

Garber said her work in Cyprus will be dedicated to broadening and deepening the relationship of the two countries, increasing the people-to-people ties between Americans and Cypriots, and advancing the peace, prosperity and stability of the region.

This is an exciting time in U.S.-Cypriot relations. The interests of Cyprus and the United States in the Eastern Mediterranean � at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Africa � have become increasingly aligned, and the Republic of Cyprus is a valued friend and important strategic partner in this critical region, the new ambassador said.

By working together, Garber added, we can continue to make progress on issues of mutual concern: fighting terrorism, preventing proliferation, protecting human rights, combating human trafficking, strengthening law enforcement, and improving maritime security. With the signature of the Statement of Intent by Assistant Secretary of State Mitchell and Foreign Minister Christodoulides last year, our bilateral security partnership will surely grow deeper and stronger, she added.

On the economic front, said Garber, we can improve our trade and investment ties as Cyprus diversifies its economy and strengthens its banking regulations. The new energy discoveries come with great promise and equally great responsibility, she remarked, adding that the United States has consistently recognized�in public and in private�the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop the resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone. Garber said the US continue to believe these resources should be equitably shared between both communities in the context of an overall settlement. These finds can and should lead to the greater prosperity and stability of the entire Eastern Mediterranean region and help diversify Europe’s energy supply.

On the Cyprus problem, Garber said the United States continues to support efforts by the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, facilitated by the United Nations, to forge a just and lasting settlement that will reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation and assured that her country supports the resumption of direct negotiations as soon as possible.

Receiving the credentials, the President of the Republic said the warmth and mutual trust in our bilateral relations was evidenced through the upgrading of Cyprus as a strategic partner for the US and by important bilateral contacts, including the meeting between myself and Secretary Pompeo this week in Israel.

The President remarked that the involvement of American companies, namely ExxonMobil and Noble, in the exploitation of Cyprus hydrocarbon reserves marks a new era for our bilateral relations, one that will serve towards tightening the economic and commercial links between our two countries, as well as towards expanding our investment ties and our cooperation in the fields of energy and energy security.

ENI’s discovery of potentially the world’s largest natural gas field off the Egyptian coast and ExxonMobil’s recent announcement of discovery of a natural gas reservoir in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, the President said, will be a game changer for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, enhancing its strategic significance.

This does not only mark a new era for our bilateral relations, he said, but it is also a tangible sign of trust to the reliable, predictable and stabilizing role we have assumed in our volatile region and to our efforts to substantially contribute to enhancing energy security for our country, our neighborhood and the European Union. It also serves the joint vision of transforming the Eastern Mediterranean into an energy hub that would contribute to the region’s stability, through the diversification of energy sources and routes.

President Anastasiades said that he remains strongly committed to resuming the negotiating process, noting that what is required is to create those necessary conditions that will allow the dialogue to resume on the basis of good will and constructive stance from all stakeholders, particularly by the Turkish side, in order to safeguard the positive outcome of the negotiations.

He reminded that our side submitted comprehensive written proposals for each and every one of Mr Guterres six-point framework, including on a new security architecture that would replace anachronisms and the strategic aspirations of third countries against Cyprus.

President Anatasiades said he hopes that Turkish Cypriots and Turkey will respond positively to the new prospect, taking into account, in a comprehensive manner and without being selective, the provisions set by the Secretary General at the Conference in Crans Montana. At the same time, it would be fundamental to reaching a settlement if those sides do not insist on provisions which on the one hand would adversely affect the sovereignty and independence of a united Cyprus and on the other hand would establish a dysfunctional federal state, he added.

Taking into account the significant role that the UN Security Council Permanent Members, as well the EU, could assume as regards security issues of the settlement and ensuring and safeguarding the smooth and secure implementation of the provisions of the settlement, the President remarked, we strongly believe that in a potential new Conference on Cyprus, they could assume an upgraded role.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led 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.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

US supports resumption of Cyprus talks the soonest, pledges new US ambassador, acknowledges Cyprus’ right to its EEZ

The United States of America supports the resumption of direct negotiations as soon as possible, pledged the country’s new ambassador to Cyprus, Judith Garber adding that the US has consistently recognized the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop the resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone.

At the same time, President Nicos Anastasiades told Garber that ExxonMobil’s recent announcement of discovery of a natural gas reservoir in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, will be a game changer for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, enhancing its strategic significance.

In remarks at the presentation of her credentials to President Anastasiades, Garber said that this is an exciting time in US-Cyprus relations as the interests of Cyprus and the United States in the Eastern Mediterranean have become increasingly aligned, adding that the US has consistently recognized the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop the resources in its EEZ.

Garber said her work in Cyprus will be dedicated to broadening and deepening the relationship of the two countries, increasing the people-to-people ties between Americans and Cypriots, and advancing the peace, prosperity and stability of the region.

This is an exciting time in U.S.-Cypriot relations. The interests of Cyprus and the United States in the Eastern Mediterranean � at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Africa � have become increasingly aligned, and the Republic of Cyprus is a valued friend and important strategic partner in this critical region, the new ambassador said.

By working together, Garber added, we can continue to make progress on issues of mutual concern: fighting terrorism, preventing proliferation, protecting human rights, combating human trafficking, strengthening law enforcement, and improving maritime security. With the signature of the Statement of Intent by Assistant Secretary of State Mitchell and Foreign Minister Christodoulides last year, our bilateral security partnership will surely grow deeper and stronger, she added.

On the economic front, said Garber, we can improve our trade and investment ties as Cyprus diversifies its economy and strengthens its banking regulations. The new energy discoveries come with great promise and equally great responsibility, she remarked, adding that the United States has consistently recognized�in public and in private�the right of the Republic of Cyprus to develop the resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone. Garber said the US continue to believe these resources should be equitably shared between both communities in the context of an overall settlement. These finds can and should lead to the greater prosperity and stability of the entire Eastern Mediterranean region and help diversify Europe’s energy supply.

On the Cyprus problem, Garber said the United States continues to support efforts by the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, facilitated by the United Nations, to forge a just and lasting settlement that will reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation and assured that her country supports the resumption of direct negotiations as soon as possible.

Receiving the credentials, the President of the Republic said the warmth and mutual trust in our bilateral relations was evidenced through the upgrading of Cyprus as a strategic partner for the US and by important bilateral contacts, including the meeting between myself and Secretary Pompeo this week in Israel.

The President remarked that the involvement of American companies, namely ExxonMobil and Noble, in the exploitation of Cyprus hydrocarbon reserves marks a new era for our bilateral relations, one that will serve towards tightening the economic and commercial links between our two countries, as well as towards expanding our investment ties and our cooperation in the fields of energy and energy security.

ENI’s discovery of potentially the world’s largest natural gas field off the Egyptian coast and ExxonMobil’s recent announcement of discovery of a natural gas reservoir in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, the President said, will be a game changer for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, enhancing its strategic significance.

This does not only mark a new era for our bilateral relations, he said, but it is also a tangible sign of trust to the reliable, predictable and stabilizing role we have assumed in our volatile region and to our efforts to substantially contribute to enhancing energy security for our country, our neighborhood and the European Union. It also serves the joint vision of transforming the Eastern Mediterranean into an energy hub that would contribute to the region’s stability, through the diversification of energy sources and routes.

President Anastasiades said that he remains strongly committed to resuming the negotiating process, noting that what is required is to create those necessary conditions that will allow the dialogue to resume on the basis of good will and constructive stance from all stakeholders, particularly by the Turkish side, in order to safeguard the positive outcome of the negotiations.

He reminded that our side submitted comprehensive written proposals for each and every one of Mr Guterres six-point framework, including on a new security architecture that would replace anachronisms and the strategic aspirations of third countries against Cyprus.

President Anatasiades said he hopes that Turkish Cypriots and Turkey will respond positively to the new prospect, taking into account, in a comprehensive manner and without being selective, the provisions set by the Secretary General at the Conference in Crans Montana. At the same time, it would be fundamental to reaching a settlement if those sides do not insist on provisions which on the one hand would adversely affect the sovereignty and independence of a united Cyprus and on the other hand would establish a dysfunctional federal state, he added.

Taking into account the significant role that the UN Security Council Permanent Members, as well the EU, could assume as regards security issues of the settlement and ensuring and safeguarding the smooth and secure implementation of the provisions of the settlement, the President remarked, we strongly believe that in a potential new Conference on Cyprus, they could assume an upgraded role.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led 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.

Source: Cyprus News Agency