Nicosia, Mar 24 (CNA) –Staff members of high ranking members of Congress visiting Cyprus were briefed from Cypriot officials on developments in the ongoing UN led negotiations which aim to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem and other issues involving the U.S. – Cyprus relations and regional issues. The delegation was accompanied by the Executive Vice President of Cyprus Federation of America, Kostas Tsentas and the chairman of CFA’s Justice for Cyprus Committee.
After meeting with the congressional assistants, Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou said he talked about the negotiations, the Republic of Cyprus’ position as regards Turkey’s EU accession course and the role of Cyprus in the region as the only country which maintains relations and open channels of communication with both the Arab countries and Israel.
Kyprianou added that Cyprus – USA bilateral relations were also discussed, as well as ways in which the American Congress and Senate may contribute to efforts towards a solution of the Cyprus problem.
The Cyprus problem and developments in the region of Cyprus were discussed on Tuesday during a meeting between the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs Averof Neophytou and the associates of members of US Congress.
Speaking at the House of Representatives in Nicosia, after the meeting, Neophytou said that they exchanged views and that the Cypriot side briefed the US delegation on the Cyprus problem and developments in the region.
”We were given the opportunity once again to present the strategic role of Cyprus. Cyprus and Israel are the only two countries in the broader region of the Middle East with democratic regimes,” he said, pointing out that additionally ”Cyprus is a member of the EU and can play an important role in the stability of the region.”
Neophytou said ”Cyprus must exploit this role by supporting European policies in the broader region.”
He also said that stability in Cyprus and the prosperity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus was important for the international community and the West, which ”wants to help in the democratic process of the region and the prosperity of dozens and hundreds of millions of citizens living the drama of the absence of democratic freedoms and the drama of famine, poverty and misery.”
The delegation also met with the President of the Cyprus House of Representatives Marios Garoyian and Archbishop Chrysostomos, while they visited important historical and cultural sites and the Green Line.