NICOSIA – Hours before US Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Cyprus for a two-day visit, President Anastasiades on Tuesday said they had been informed that the top official’s schedule includes a meeting with Dervish Eroglu in his capacity as the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community.
“At the same time, we have the assurances of the American Government that in order to avoid any attempt to exploit the meeting for other purposes, the Vice President will meet Mr. Eroglu not in his usual office but in an adjoining building, without any symbols whatsoever,” a written statement also said.
“The visit by the American Vice President to the Republic of Cyprus, a strong strategic partner of the USA as it was described, aims to further cultivate our bilateral relations and the role that the Republic of Cyprus, following also the discovery of hydrocarbons within its Exclusive Economic Zone, as an energy and financial hub in the region,” it added.
At the same time, the Cyprus problem will also be on the agenda in view of the enhanced interest expressed by Washington lately in the efforts for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Biden arrives in Cyprus on Wednesday afternoon and departs on Friday morning.
There were 'complications' behind Biden's meeting with Eroglu who was insisting that this should have taken place at the 'presidential palace' in the Turkish-held north.
However, 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.