US State Secretary welcomes continued progress in Cyprus peace talks

US State Secretary welcomes continued progress in Cyprus peace talks

US State Secretary has welcomed continued progress in Cyprus peace talks, under the auspices of UN.

State Secretary John Kerry met Saturday with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades who is in New York for the UN General Assembly. President Anastasiades was accompanied by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

According to a statement by State Secretary Spokesperson John Kirby, “the Secretary welcomed continued progress under the UN-facilitated process to reunify the island as a bi-zonal, b‎i-communal federation, and he reiterated strong U.S. support for the process”.

He added that the two leaders also discussed bilateral issues including US-Cyprus cooperation on counterterrorism, as well as shared regional concerns.

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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