World Bulletin/News Desk
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden phoned Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday to update him on his recent meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
During his call, Biden “noted the need to de-escalate tensions in order to get back to a more constructive track in UN-mediated settlement talks,” according to a readout provided by the White House.
Negotiations between the Greek Cypriot administration and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus resumed in February after a two-year hiatus.
Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Dervis Eroglu, president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, were to hold their first meeting in October in a UN-controlled buffer zone on the island. But, after learning a Turkish corvette had been sent to monitor the Greek Cypriot exploration of hydrocarbon resources around the island, Anastasiades suspended the talks.
Both Biden and the Greek Cypriot leader emphasized their commitment to “reunifying the island as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation,” during their Sunday call.
The U.S. vice president was last in the disputed island on May 22 when he met with Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot officials in an effort to promote negotiations.
The Greek Cypriot administration is internationally recognized except by Turkey, which remains the only country to recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Last Mod: 24 Kasım 2014, 11:37