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15 June, 2024
 
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US firmly rejects two-state solution for Cyprus settlement

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In a recent statement, US Assistant Secretary of State Joshua Haq reiterated the country's strong opposition to a two-state solution for the Cyprus settlement. Haq made it clear that the US firmly rejects the partition solution promoted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Speaking to Greek correspondents ahead of the upcoming US-Greece Strategic Dialogue, Haq emphasized Washington's unwavering support for a comprehensive settlement under Cypriot leadership and UN facilitation. The goal remains the reunification of the island through a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality for all Cypriots.

Haq welcomed the appointment of the UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy for Cyprus, María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, expressing confidence in her capabilities based on her previous work in Colombia. He encouraged all sides to seize the opportunity for dialogue, affirming US support for her efforts despite not being directly involved in the negotiations.

Addressing the bilateral relationship with the Republic of Cyprus, Haq noted the significant progress made in recent years across various sectors, including defense, economy, energy, climate, and the rule of law. Regardless of the Cyprus issue's course, the US remains committed to promoting bilateral cooperation and moving forward with the Republic of Cyprus.

Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus, Haq emphasized the State Department's focus on finding a solution and increasing engagement with the Cypriot side. Regarding a potential invitation to the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Haq mentioned that the White House would respond, expressing the US's dedication to meaningful contacts with Cyprus at this crucial time.

[Information sourced from CNA]

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