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Biden says Cyprus solution close, opportunity shouldn’t be wasted

Biden says Cyprus solution close
Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Joe Biden in New York.

Cyprus is very close to a solution, which could bring great economic benefits for both communities on the island through the exploitation of its hydrocarbons, former US Vice President Joe Biden has said.

In an interview with Kathimerini Greece, Biden said the US has an important role to play in facilitating a compromise, but not as a mediator. The UN was doing an excellent job of supporting discussions between the two leaders, he said, adding that Washington should continue to provide support to the UN to encourage both sides to proceed.

“We have now a unique opportunity to resolve the conflict in Cyprus so that future generations of Cypriots can live in peace, harmony and prosperity,” said Biden who was in Athens for a summit.

Commenting on the good working relationship between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and their common desire for a solution, and vision for the future, Biden said such opportunities were not only rare but short-lived in his experience.

“We should never forget the fact that the reunification of the island will have huge benefits for all Cypriots. Solving the problem will not only free up financial resources from the international community and the private sector, but it could maximize the economic benefits from offshore hydrocarbon deposits in Cyprus,” he said.

This would also strengthen regional security through cooperation and integration, he added.

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At the age of ten Sophia moved from Sweden in 1998 and has since lived in several locations around the world including Spain, and has been residing in North Cyprus for four years now. Her educational background is in marketing, hotel management and real estate, and she now works as a real estate agent and is editor in chief for New Cyprus Magazine. If you any questions for Sophia, please write to: sophia@newcyprusmagazine.com.