01 February 2014 10:21

NICOSIA - US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland is visiting Cyprus on Tuesday to discuss initiatives to further develop and enhance US-Cypriot relations.
This is what an official announcement from Washington said, adding: “She will also meet with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to convey American support for accelerating progress toward a fair and lasting settlement of the Cyprus problem, through the process facilitated by the UN Secretary General’s Good Offices Mission”.
Hopes had been high that negotiations aiming to reunite the island would resume by the end of October, but they have stuttered over the wording of a joint statement clarifying the solutions’ basis.
The thorny word is sovereignty of a federal Cyprus with the Turkish side insisting that it remains vague something that President Anastasiades strongly objects to because he does not wish for talks to resume for the sake of talks only.
On Sunday, the US official will be in Athens to meet senior Greek government officials, business leaders and civil society to discuss bilateral and global issues.
Including economic growth, entrepreneurship, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, said the announcement.
Diplomatic sources said the visits were a follow-up of contacts with countries she covers.


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