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The U.S. wants both sides in Cyprus to continue negotiations
2012-01-30 13:03:23

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland discussed the Cyprus problem last Friday during a special briefing session held by the State Department to address questions posted on Twitter. During the briefing, Mrs. Nuland was asked by a person who identified himself as "akkorlu", what would transpire "if the Cypriot negotiations turn into a deadlock" to which she replied that "the UN process, which we very much support, which is to provide the environment for a Cypriot-led negotiation process under UN good offices to reunify the island into a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation is very much alive."

She later added that "the parties just met last week under UN auspices, and we are very much encouraging both sides to stay at the table to make good use of what the UN has to offer and to get to that strong bi-zonal, bi-communal federation that’s going to provide for a healthy, stable, prosperous Cyprus for all the people of the island going forward in the future."

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Nicos Emiliou who visited Washington last week, held a series of meetings with U.S. officials, including National Security Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden, Antony Blinken, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon.

According to Mr. Emiliou, the U.S. officials reiterated their positions on Cyprus stating, among other things, that they support the process under the UN aegis and that a deadlock must be avoided.

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