A day before US Vice President Joe Biden's high-profile visit to Cyprus, details about a planned, controversial meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu remain uncertain.
"Some of the details of the Vice President's visit are still being finalised, including a meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader," a senior administration official in Washington DC said yesterday.
"The Vice President intends to see Mr Eroglu to discus with him how we can all work together towards a settlement (in Cyprus). That will be part of the Vice President's visit, more information will be made available over the coming hours," he added.
The official was giving a background briefing on Biden's visit to Romania and Cyprus.
Insiders in Nicosia spoke of 'complications' behind Biden's meeting with Eroglu insisting it take place at the 'presidential palace' in the Turkish-held north.
But this is a very sensitive issue for President Anastasiades who is already under strong pressure from opposition parties who fear a Biden-Eroglu meeting in the breakaway entity would upgrade its status.
Anastasiades has made crystal clear that no symbols of the breakaway regime should be displayed when Biden visits the Turkish-held north. --- >3