US see need for UN initiative on Cyprus
Washington, Nov 15 - US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns has referred to the necessity for a UN initiative for a Cyprus settlement after the presidential elections of February 2008.
Addressing the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee of the US House concerning US relations with Greece, Burns noted that ''we strongly support UN efforts that try to solve the Cyprus problem after 40 years and to achieve a bizonal bicommunal federation.''
Mr. Burns added that he met with President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos in September at the United Nations and that the 8 July 2006 agreement is ''a step forward.''
''There is going to be an election in Cyprus in the beginning of 2008. Following that election, the United States will support vigorously a UN effort to try to resolve the Cyprus problem. I intend to go to Cyprus myself. We didn’t have a senior official there in years. We need as America to speak up for peace and for a solution so that the terrible problem that is affecting the people of Cyprus for 35 years can be overcome,'' he pointed out.
A senior US official clarified that Mr. Burns would be visiting Cyprus after the presidential elections.