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US fully supports Cyprus peace talks

US fully supports Cyprus peace talks

A senior State Department official met with the leaders of Cyprus' two ethnic communities Wednesday to gauge progress in slow-moving United Nations-supervised peace talks to reunify the divided island.
The U.S. could help both sides find "the right mix of ideas at the right moment," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza.
But he stressed that it was up to the Cypriots themselves to find a solution to the decades-old problem.
Bryza initially met with Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias, and then held talks with the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, Mehmet Ali Talat, later in the day.
Christofias and Talat restarted moribund peace talks in September last year, but have yet to make any real progress.
Cyprus was ethnically split in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by Athens-backed supporters of uniting the island with Greece.


Updated : 2021-05-07 07:18 GMT+08:00