05 February 2014 10:17

NICOSIA - A visiting high-ranking US official on Tuesday said that the two leaders in divided Cyprus assured her of their strong determination to reach agreement on a Joint Statement.
This will define key principles to foster renewal of fruitful, results-oriented settlement negotiations, a written statement by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also said.
“I had excellent discussions on Cyprus settlement efforts with the leaders of the two communities, President Anastasiades and Mr. Eroglu. I am persuaded, after these discussions, that each leader is personally committed to making real progress in coming days and weeks toward ending the division of this island,” she said.
“The two leaders assured me of their strong determination to reach agreement on a Joint Statement that will define key principles to foster renewal of fruitful, results-oriented settlement negotiations,” she added.
Nuland assured them of President Obama and the American people’s strong support as they seize this opportunity.
As well as of Washington’s continued engagement as they take courageous steps to heal the island’s divisions and bring security, economic prosperity, and hope to all the people of all the island’s communities.



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