U.S. positions on Cyprus as well as the two countries strategic partnership were reaffirmed.
New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades expressed complete satisfaction with the result of his meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden in New York on Friday. The meeting took place on Friday at the US headquarters in the UN Security Council and lasted for an hour; it began with a twenty-minute tete-a-tete between Anastasiades and Biden and continued with the participation of delegations from the two countries.
In statements to the press, the Cypriot President appeared completely satisfied because as he said the uniqueness of Cyprus` traditional relations with other countries, is being recognized.
He said, the Vice President of the US briefed him on the meeting the latter held Thursday with Turkish President Tayip Erdogan with whom he discussed the Cyprus problem. “He (Biden) insists that if things move in the right direction, Turkey should have a principle role” in the Cyprus procedure.
Asked if the US Vice President and the US Secretary of State John Kerry share the same views on the Cyprus issue, Anastasiades said that this is what he established during the separate meetings he held with the two American officials. “Therefore there is no issue of different interpretations or policies”, he remarked.
The Cypriot President told the press that he expects a “more active involvement” from the US and if there are obstacles or interventions from the Turkish side, it will be urged to comply with the Joint Communiqué and the fundamental values and principles of the EU, creating a state that will be equal with the EU and a solution that will address the concerns of both sides.
According to diplomatic sources, Biden conveyed to Anastasiades the Turkish President`s pledge that Ankara wants a solution to the Cyprus problem and will contribute towards this, however Erdogan pointed out that issues concerning the negotiations are being handled by his associates.
The same source said that Biden praised the “substantial and strategic role” of Cyprus, noting it is the “only country” in the region which the US can work with on “vital areas”.
THE WHITE HOUSE
US Vice President Joe Biden and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades agreed on the need to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Cyprus, the White House says in a statement issued following the meeting of the two leaders Friday in New York.
The statement also says that both leaders welcomed the appointment of UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide and agreed this presented “an opportunity to inject fresh energy into the settlement talks in keeping with the Joint Declaration of February 11, 2014”.
The White House also said that the Vice President and President Anastasiades discussed the potential contributions Cyprus could make with a settlement to the region`s energy security and agreed that unifying the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation would be in the best interest of all Cypriots.