US Vice President urges Cyprus leaders to reach a historic settlement

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and US Vice President Mike Pence had a telephone conversation on Thursday afternoon during which they discussed developments on the Cyprus problem, in view of the ongoing UN-led negotiations in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Pence said in a post on twitter that he spoke to President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci “to urge them to reach a historic settlement for Cyprus”.

According to CNA sources, Anastasiades asked that the US President Donald Trump speaks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the Cyprus problem during the G20 Summit.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said in a post on his twitter account that Anastasiades and Pence had a telephone conversation on the Cyprus problem and the Conference on Cyprus.

CNA has learned that their conversation lasted for 20 minutes and Pence conveyed to Anastasiades the US support to efforts aiming to reach a settlement, noting that the US administration is following the developments in Crans-Montana.

On his part, Anastasiades informed the American Vice President on the proposals he made in Crans-Montana and asked that President Trump speaks with President Erdogan about the Cyprus problem during the G20 Summit.

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