Agreement on joint statement close

Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris’ reports that only one word needs to be agreed upon before issuing the joint declaration on the Cyprus problem and this word is not as controversial as “sovereignty”.

Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, has met with President Eroglu and President Anastasiades, and the TRNC Foreign Affairs Minister  Ozdil Nami. According to the paper, in a written statement Nuland said the leaders are highly determined to reach an agreement on the joint declaration.

The above-mentioned sources, who wished to remain anonymous, told ‘Kibris’ that Nuland has come to the island not to exert pressure, but to “encourage the sides for reaching an agreement”. Diplomatic circles said that Nuland’s visit is USA’s last effort for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations.

The paper recalls that Nuland was expected to make a short statement in the buffer zone yesterday at 13.30, but after her meeting with Eroglu she held one more meeting with President Anastasiades.

It is alleged that after meeting with the Turkish Cypriot side on the issue of the “single word”, which is holding up an  agreement on a joint declaration, Nuland visited President Anastasiades to hear his response.

According to the same sources, a result on the joint declaration will be reached within a few days.


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