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Biden encourages Cyprus leaders to continue negotiations for settlement

Biden encourages Cyprus leaders to continue negotiations for settlement
US Vice President Joe Biden has encouraged the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, namely President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, to continue negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.

A White House spokesperson has said in a written statement that Biden spoke by phone with President Anastasiades and Akinci and “encouraged the leaders to continue negotiations and expressed his confidence in the leaders` ability to secure a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation to the benefit of all Cypriots”.

Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are engaged in UN-led talks with an aim to reunify the country under a federal roof. In November, they held two separate sessions of talks in Switzerland, which did not produce results./IBNA

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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