US welcomes meeting in Geneva on Cyprus, urges all parties to show flexibility to reach an agreement

The US welcomes the announcement of the Geneva meeting on Cyprus later June and calls on all parties and guarantors to show the necessary flexibility to reach an agreement.

Invited by CNA to comment on the recent developments in New York, the US embassy said the United States welcomes the announcement that the leaders and relevant stakeholders will meet in Geneva this month to discuss the remaining steps to reunify the island as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

Based on the considerable progress made by the Cypriot leaders, the embassy said we continue to believe this is the best chance in decades for Cypriots to achieve a lasting and comprehensive solution.

It urges all parties, including the guarantors, to show the necessary flexibility and creativity to arrive at an agreement that benefits all Cypriots.

The leaders of Cyprus’ two communities and the UN Secretary-General on Sunday agreed on the need to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June, in line with the 12 January statement of the conference.

President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met in New York, with the UN Secretary General in an effort to help make headway in the Cyprus peace process.

Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in talks since May 2015 to find a negotiated settlement that will reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency