US working to create conditions for resumption of Cyprus talks

US working to create conditions for resumption of Cyprus talks

The United States are working to create the conditions which will make it possible for the UN-led peace talks to resume, US Secretary of State John Kerry told Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades during a meeting, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, on Friday.

In a written statement Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides says the meeting took place in late afternoon and lasted about 45 minutes.

The two men discussed matters of mutual interest as well as recent developments in the Cyprus problem with emphasis on Turkish violations of Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Christodoulides points out.

“President Anastasiades briefed Kerry on his decision to suspend his participation in the Cyprus talks, as a result of Turkey’s blackmail and threats,” he adds.

On his part, Christodoulides continues, US Secretary of State “reiterated his country`s position on the Republic of Cyprus` inalienable right to use and exploit its natural resources in its EEZ.”

“He also pointed out that the USA are working in the direction of creating those conditions which will make it possible for substantive talks to resume”, his statement concludes.

President Anastasiades suspended his participation in the UN-led peace talks following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey in October last year, as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone.

Repeated calls for the withdrawal of “Barbaros” went unheeded by Ankara, which announced recently the NAVTEX`s extension until April 6, 2015.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, in spite of numerous calls by the EU, which Ankara aspires to join, to do so and normalise relations with Nicosia.