US State Department officials for talks at UN
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Mar 3 (CNA) – A four-member US delegation chaired by Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Laura Kennedy, will visit the UN headquarters on Friday for investigative contacts on Cyprus.
The delegation, which also includes US Ambassador to Cyprus Michael Klosson, will meet officials of the UN political and peacekeeping operations department and will lunch with Greece’s Permanent Representative at the UN Ambassador Adamantios Vasilakis.
It will also meet the UN Permanent Representatives of Cyprus and Turkey as well as the ''representative'' of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in New York. The delegation will also meet officials of the British Permanent Representation to the UN and possibly other members of the Security Council.
According to diplomatic sources, the aim of Kennedy’s visit is to register the views of the different parties on the current phase of the Cyprus problem as well as the possibilities to recommence an initiative. She will also examine issues concerning the UN peacekeeping operation in Cyprus.
The same sources said that this is the first time since last September Kennedy will visit the UN for investigative contacts.
However the diplomatic sources said that the climate for a resumption of a dialogue is alarming. A Security Council diplomat said that “the Cyprus problem is at a phase where suspicion overrides fantasy limits and there is nothing that might indicate an end to this”.
Furthermore the diplomat said that the continued attacks, which Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and the Republic of Cyprus receive, are far from conducive in contributing to the start of any peace initiative.
Diplomatic sources expect that in mid April there will be an overall examination at the State Department of its policy on Cyprus following the meetings which the leadership of the Greek lobby will hold with Kennedy on 17 March as well as the discussions US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will have with her Greek counterpart Petros Molyvatis.