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US hopes for ‘rapid progress’ on Cyprus

THE US hopes rapid progress will be achieved towards a just and lasting settlement of the Cyprus problem that will be acceptable to both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, a State Department official has said.

The official had been asked to comment on reports about a letter US Secretary of State John Kerry sent to President Nicos Anastasiades in November.

The official said the Secretary of State sent a letter to Anastasiades in the first half of November. “However, we do not comment publicly on the content of the Secretary’s correspondence,” he added.

“Our position on a Cyprus settlement has not changed:  the United States strongly supports the efforts under the auspices of the United Nations Good Offices Mission to reunify the island as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.”

“We hope rapid progress will be achieved toward a just and lasting settlement that will be acceptable to both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities,” the official concluded.

 



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