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Candidate for US ambassador says urgency needed in Cyprus talks

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I will use the full weight of my office to support Cypriot-led, UN-facilitated efforts to reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality for all Cypriots, candidate for the position of the US Ambassador to Cyprus Julie Fisher said during a confirmation hearing.

“This Committee knows well that Cyprus sits on a critical seam between the Middle East and Europe. The Republic of Cyprus is a highly valued partner, and our bilateral relationship has deepened significantly in recent years on a range of priorities, from strengthening security in the Eastern Mediterranean to expanding economic and commercial ties,” she said during the confirmation hearing for her nomination in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Wednesday, chaired by Robert Menendez.

Fisher added that Cyprus, Greece, and Israel plus the United States are forging new ground in the 3+1 format to promote regional cooperation on a broad range of pressing issues.

“Let me say this regarding the division of Cyprus: the United States remains clear. The status quo is unacceptable. If given the opportunity to serve, I will meet with Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to advance our unwavering commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

“What I hope to contribute to this process is a sense of urgency. A key element of these talks is that they are being conducted under Cypriot leadership and the facilitation of the United Nations, and so I will primarily seek this direction. I think time is absolutely critical,” Fisher added.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds hearings to hear from candidates for the positions and then evaluates who will be appointed to the post.

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