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Nuland meets Anastasiades (updated)

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland at the palace on Tuesday

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland met President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday to discuss the Cyprus issue.

She also met Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. No statements were made after either meeting. Nuland was due to hold a news conference later on Tuesday but it was cancelled at the last minute without explanation.

There is growing speculation of increased US involvement in helping kickstart stalled negotiations, particularly after US Secretary of State John Kerry said at the weekend that the US was ‘working quietly’ on it.

However a State Department spokesman said late on Monday that the US was not engaged in any ‘new’ process or initiative on Cyprus. The spokesman said people should not read too much into Kerry’s comment. “Our position [on Cyprus] has not changed,” said the spokesman.

 

 

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