US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, will hold a series of meetings in Nicosia and Ankara this month.
Nuland will visit Cyprus on April 19 where she will be received by President Nicos Anastasiades and hold a series of meetings with other Cypriot officials. She will also meet with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.
Before visiting Nicosia, the US official will pay a visit to Turkey next week where she will discuss the Cyprus problem but also the Syrian issue, terrorism, ISIL and human rights in Turkey.
Regarding the Cyprus issue, CNA has learnt that the US official will seek to find out whether the statements by the Turkish President in support of a Cyprus solution would become concrete actions so that positive developments can be expected after the Cyprus parliamentary elections on May 22.
The US government has repeatedly expressed its support for the UN led Cyprus negotiations and invests in the positive chemistry between the leaders of the two communities, sources said.
They also said that recent political developments in the north had caused concern to the US and Washington`s aim was to find out whether those developments were engineered by Ankara, and to support the position of the Turkish Cypriot leader.
Akinci on Friday handed the mandate for a new ‘government’ to the leader of the National Unity Party (UBP), Huseyin Ozgurgun after the coalition with Mehmet Ali Talat’s Republican Turkey Party (CTP) collapsed earlier in the week.
The head of the Democratic Party (DP) Serdar Denktas announced that his party was ready to form a coalition with the UBP. (CNA)