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Blinken: Flexibility, compromise to find common ground to restart Cyprus settlement talks

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has pledged continued U.S. support for Cypriot-led, UN-facilitated efforts to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation for the benefit of all Cypriots.

Blinken also encouraged both sides to demonstrate the necessary openness, flexibility and compromise to find common ground to restart Cyprus settlement talks.

The US official spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.

He also expressed support for the 3+1 diplomatic mechanism, which includes the Republic of Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and the United States.

The Secretary stressed the importance of efforts to counter harmful influence from Russia and China in the region.

Cyprus is divided since a 1974 invasion by Turkey which still maintains troops in the breakaway northern part of the EU member state.

The Turkish side has tabled an unacceptable proposal for a two state solution during a recent UN-brokered high-level meeting in Geneva on Cyprus.

 

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