12 May 2014 17:17

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce his country’s funding of a master plan for the wider occupied-Famagusta region during a visit to Cyprus next week.
Quoting “reliable sources,” the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) said on Monday the deal will include the fenced off area of Famagusta, known as Varosha, which experts will be allowed to enter for inspection and to facilitate their studies on the master plan.
According to the same sources, CNA said: “the deal is all but done, even though there has been no confirmation by any of the parties involved. One of the pending issues is to clarify the prospect of the return of the sealed-off section of Varosha, under UN administration, as the Greek Cypriot side wants.”
Although the date of his arrival has yet to be confirmed Biden is expected on the island between May 21 and 23.
Mine clearance in three areas, two in the southern government controlled part of Cyprus and one in the northern Turkish occupied areas are expected to be undertaken during Biden’s visit.
The sources said Washington informed Nicosia about Biden`s visit, on Wednesday.
The issue of Famagusta and US Vice President’s visit to Cyprus will be discussed Tuesday by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides, at their meeting at the State Department.


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