Greek Premier asks US State Secretary to exert influence on Ankara for a Cyprus settlement

Greek Premier asks US State Secretary to exert influence on Ankara for a Cyprus settlement

The Cyprus problem and the ongoing peace talks were, inter alia, on the agenda of a meeting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had on Wednesday in New York with US State Secretary John Kerry.

According to a Greek government source, Tsipras asked the State Secretary to exert influence on Turkey as regard the Cyprus solution, which must be based on UN Security Council resolutions and the acquis communautaire.

According to the same source, the US government has shown strong interest in a Cyprus settlement, which is among its top priorities.

The meeting between Tsipras and Kerry lasted for half an hour and the two men also discussed the refugee crisis, the issue of Ukraine, the fiscal crisis in Greece, energy issues and the issue of FYROM.

The Greek government source told CNA that the US have a role to play as regards the refugee crisis, while at the same time Greece intends to intensify its contacts with Ankara.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed on May 15, this year.

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ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY