22 May 2014 19:19

NICOSIA - Visiting US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday left the presidential palace after talks with President Anastasiades focusing on bilateral relations followed by an official luncheon.
In an address, Biden sent again the mesage that the US-Cyprus strategic partnership is strong and growing.
He is to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu lateron Thursday.
Earlier on Thursday, the US official visited the Archbishopric where he held talks with religious leaders of the island.
Archbishop Chrysostomos said afterwards that Biden has good relations with the Turks and will try to be useful as he wants a suitable solution for the Cyprus problem.
The Primate also said that the Vice President listened to the Church’s views on the political situation, noting that the road ahead will not be easy, but he will try to assist in any way he can as he has a good relationship with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
“What I pointed out to the Vice President was that the solution must not be unbalanced because the side that will be treated unfairly will be lurking in anticipation of an opportunity to turn the situation around,” the Archbishop said.
He also said that all religious leaders in Cyprus will work so that both Christians and Muslims will have access to religious monuments in the occupied and government-controlled areas, while noting that Turkish and Greek Cypriots can live together in peace as they had done for centuries in the past.
Biden arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday evening on a two day official visit, the first by a US vice president since 1962.


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