Cyprus Mail

Anastasiades writes to Biden over Cyprus problem concerns

The Geneva talks last month

President Nicos Anastasiades has written to US President Joe Biden concerning the Cyprus problem, highlighting the negative attitudes of the Turkish and the Turkish Cypriot teams.

Anastasiades revealed the move in an interview with ANT1, released on Monday night, while also saying that he has requested an informal three-party meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

The UNSG has so far not responded, Anastasiades said.

He also expressed doubts that the UN would call another five plus one informal meeting like the one held in Geneva at the end of April.

Anastasiades said that he has a warm relationship with Biden and thanked him for his most recent statements on Cyprus, in which the US leader said that he has not given up on finding a solution to the problem.

Letters have also been sent to the 15 permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The informal five-party talks held last month in Geneva left both sides, the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot teams, claiming victory – while Guterres said there was not enough common ground for the Cyprus talks to formally restart.

Tatar championed the two-state solution as now being firmly on the table, while Anastasiades has emphasised that any discussion of a solution which contravenes the UN security resolutions is a dead end.

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