17 February 2014 12:32

Washington and Ankara are looking to pick up the peace momentum with a hope that an elusive Cyprus settlement can be achieved in three to five months.
Although this is not the view from Nicosia - which is taking a slowly-slowly approach - the Americans argue that the time is ripe for a peace deal as everyone is on board.
Like never before Washington is determined to help reunite the divided island to minimise tensions in the region and allow energy cooperation with Cyprus, Israel, Turkey and the US.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan could also do with a Cyprus settlement in his cap to improve his election chances.
But the government estimates that if negotiations are successful an accord – it would need to be endorsed via a referendum – could be possible in 2016.
And EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso has called on local politicians to fully back President Anastasiades to achieve consensus.
To help along the peace push US Secretary of State John Kerry could arrive in Cyprus soon to prove America means business.



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