The United States are requesting from Turkey to actively contribute to a resolution of the Cypriot issue “since this development is in its own interest”, said US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg (photo) in an address at the annual conference of the “Greek and Cypriot Leadership”, taking place in Washington.
Steinberg, who was honoured by Greeks abroad for his contribution, said that both he, in the many contacts that he had recently with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and US President Barack Obama in his meetings with the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, have communicated to Ankara that it must utilise the great influence that it has in the Turkish Cypriot community so that there can be progress and ultimately a solution to the Cypriot issue.
At the same time, after speaking of the great opportunity appearing this year, he stressed that the recent change in the Turkish Cypriots’ leadership must not function adversely in the continuation of the effort.
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