Amid unprecedented security, US vice president Joe Biden is scheduled to touch down on Cyprus on Wednesday evening to inject new life into the slow-moving peace process.
Biden’s arrival will mark the highest level visit by a US official since 1962 and President Anastasiades assured on Tuesday that Washington will not make any move that could be conceived as recognition for the occupation regime.
The US vice president will meet the two leaders during his two-day Cyprus tour to underline America’s support for UN-brokered settlement talks and hail the island as a regional energy player.
A tight security blanket will cover every aspect of Biden’s visit with roads being closed off to facilitate his movements.
And the authorities were put on full alert a day before his arrival as Larnaca airport was evacuated due to a bomb scare while Paphos airport was also searched for suspicious objects.
And as a sign that Biden’s influence is making a difference, Cypriot leaders decided to meet for a third time on June 2 to help ease the way to a settlement accord.