US Assistant Secretary of State to visit Cyprus
Nicosia, Nov 1 (CNA) -- Ambassador Beth Jones, US Assistant Secretary of
State for European and Eurasian Affairs, arrives Sunday in Cyprus for her first
visit to the island.
The purpose of the visit, according to a US Embassy press release, is ''to become familiar with the important part of her portfolio that Cyprus represents and to underscore the commitment of the US government to support the UN Secretary General's good offices mission and his efforts to foster a settlement between the two sides''.
Ambassador Jones will be received by President Glafcos Clerides on Monday morning.|
In her meetings with Cypriot leaders, she will underscore the message that this year ''there is an historic opportunity to reach a settlement'', a view expressed by US Ambassador to Cyprus Michael Klosson and State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston.
Jones will also ''listen carefully to their views'', the press release adds.
She is due to leave Monday.