US official in Nicosia to explore ideas on the way forward
Nicosia, May 5 -- US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Laura Kennedy today met with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and House President Demetris Christofias who said that the US envoy herself believes that “a Cyprus solution should be agreed by both sides”.
Describing his meeting with Kennedy as “creative”, the House President also noted that he ascertained she is investigating the views of both sides and of all political factors on political developments in Cyprus.
Kennedy told reporters after her meeting with President Papadopoulos that “we agree on the importance of the UN-led effort. The basis of a bi-communal, bi-zonal settlement, on the basis of the Annan Plan".
Kennedy asserted that “the Secretary General (SG) has invited parties to specify specifically their concerns, and particularly has asked the Greek Cypriot side in the negotiation to specify specifically changes that they might like to see”.
Asked if she has been informed on the changes the Greek Cypriot side wants, Kennedy replied “this would be for the SG’s benefit, that’s the key thing, for him to get that, so we just support that process and are delighted to see steps towards that”.
On the bilateral agenda Kennedy said they “agreed on the importance of moving forward with the proliferation security initiative”.
“We look forward to finalizing this agreement, which would be very useful for both governments and again, an example of cooperation between our governments”, she concluded.
Kennedy, who arrived on the island earlier today, was due to also meet opposition Democratic Rally leader Nicos Anastasiades. Tomorrow she is scheduled to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.