By Staff Reporter
The evaluation of the negotiations, confidence building measures (CBM) and the active involvement of the EU in the negotiation process in Cyprus were the topics on the agenda at Tuesday’s meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin the Presidential Palace.
On his way out of the palace, Rubin said the goal of the US was to support the Cyprus peace process and “find ways to help meet the needs and expectations of both sides for confidence-building measures” that could help offer a real chance for progress.
“Our role is not as participants but as supporters,” he said, and as such the US hoped to create some mechanisms to support some programmes.
He also said the US would not be alone in the endeavor as there was support from the EU and others.
Speaking after the meeting, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides said that the issue of Famagusta and the return of the fenced-off area of Varosha was the focus of discussions. However, he said at this stage he did not wish to make any announcements.
“There are thoughts of mechanisms and initiatives. However it will do the process no good if we create impressions beyond the specific facts,” he said.