President Nicos Anastasiades was due in Chicago on Saturday where he is expected to begin a series of meetings starting on Sunday with members of the Diaspora, and where is due to address the annual meeting of the board of the American-Jewish Committee (AJC), and also the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
According to an official release, Anastasiades, who is accompanied by government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, will on Sunday meeting with the Cypriot Diaspora in Chicago.
On Monday he will meet the members of Congress and the same day address the AJC.
He will be the key speaker at the Chicago Council event on Tuesday.
Anastasiades is in the US to attend the UN General Assembly in New York where he is also due to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Before he left London – where he also met Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday – the common vision he and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have for a reunited Cyprus was shared with UK Cypriots during a dinner held in his honour by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.
That vision, he said, was for Cypriots “to be masters in their own country, to reunite the country, to enforce human rights and at the same time to ensure that all Cypriots are equal citizens of the European Union”.
He said this reality did not constitute an “upgrade” or some effort to “glamourise” Akinci, but it created an essential personal relationship which permitted a more candid dialogue.
“The atmosphere has indeed been different after Mr Mustafa Akinci’s election by the Turkish Cypriot community as their leader, and the talks, even though we are still in the primary stages, have achieved some progress on important chapters,” added Anastasiades.
He also said that one of the things that had been determined was that what was being discussed was the evolution of the Republic of Cyprus… from a state of unitary character with federal characteristics to a bizonal bicommunal federation”.
Even though, he added, the word ‘evolution’ was not acceptable to the Turkish Cypriot this would be the practical outcome of the settlement.
And despite negative comments about bizonality and bicommunality, it would be the kind of solution that would allow for true unity of people, economy and territory he said.
The head of the UK federation Christos Karaolis, welcomed the fast pace of the talks and pledged the Diaspora’s support.