US Vice President expresses confidence in Cyprus’ leaders ability to secure a settlement

US Vice President Mike Pence urged Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to seize the historic opportunity to reunify the island and expressed his confidence in both leaders ability to secure a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation to the benefit of all Cypriots, a White House read out of the Vice Presidents calls with President Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader said.

As it is noted, “the Vice President spoke by phone today with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and with Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci,” and “underscored to the leaders the United States strong support for the Conference on Cyprus taking place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.”

“The Vice President urged President Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci to seize this historic opportunity to reunify the island and expressed his confidence in both leaders ability to secure a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation to the benefit of all Cypriots,” the read out concluded.

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