By Constantinos Psillides
US Vice President Joe Biden has expressed Washington’s intention to assume increased diplomatic action in order to facilitate the resumption of talks on the Cyprus problem, according to government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides.
In a written statement, Christodoulides said on Friday that Biden outlined this position during a long telephone conversation he had with President Nicos Anastasiades.
“During their conversation, President Anastasiades and Vice President Biden discussed the issue of the unacceptable violation by Turkey of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as well as the efforts on the part of the United States for the termination of these provocations,” the statement said.
Christodoulides added that the US Vice President showed “full understanding of the positions of President Anastasiades, especially with regard to the inalienable right of the Republic of Cyprus to exercise its sovereign rights within its EEZ.”
The government spokesman added that the president made it clear that if Turkey doesn’t cease all illegal actions, there is no prospect for the talks to resume.
“In this framework, the Vice President expressed the intention of the United States to assume a more intense diplomatic action in order to make possible the resumption of the dialogue, without provocations and illegal actions,” it points out.
The President of the Republic and the US Vice President agreed to be in constant communication in view also of the American Vice President’s upcoming visit to Turkey.
The Turkish seismic exploration vessel ‘Barbaros’ entered the EEZ last month, a few days after Turkey issued a maritime order (NAVTEX) for the area. This prompted President Anastasiades to suspend his participation in the UN-backed negotiations on the Cyprus problem.