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05 February, 2023
 
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Fisher backs federal model in Cyprus peace talks

Nominee for US Ambassador to Cyprus pledges to offer her full support to efforts for a settlement

Source: CNA

I will use the full weight of my office to support Cypriot-led, UN-facilitated efforts to reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality for all Cypriots candidate for the position of the US Ambassador to Cyprus, Julie Fisher, has assured.

Speaking during the confirmation hearing for her nomination by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, where chairman is Robert Menendez, Fisher said among others that "this Committee knows well that Cyprus sits on a critical seam between the Middle East and Europe. The Republic of Cyprus is a highly valued partner, and our bilateral relationship has deepened significantly in recent years on a range of priorities, from strengthening security in the Eastern Mediterranean to expanding economic and commercial ties."

'I will use the full weight of my office to support Cypriot-led, UN-facilitated efforts to reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality for all Cypriots'

Moreover, Fisher said that Cyprus, Greece, and Israel plus the United States are forging new ground in the “3+1” format to promote regional cooperation on a broad range of pressing issues.

“Let me say this regarding the division of Cyprus: the United States remains clear. The status quo is unacceptable. If given the opportunity to serve, I will use the full weight of my office to support Cypriot-led, UN-facilitated efforts to reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality for all Cypriots. I will meet with Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to advance our unwavering commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

"What I hope to contribute to this process is a sense of urgency. A key element of these talks is that they are being conducted under Cypriot leadership and the facilitation of the United Nations, and so I will primarily seek this direction. I think time is absolutely critical,” Fisher added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

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