Turkey and the United States voiced hopes on Tuesday that 2015 could be the year when a long-elusive diplomatic solution is finally found to the decades-old division of Cyprus.
Speaking at a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the US State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry said the dispute over Cyprus had gone on for too long.
He added that the problem “just goes on for far too long and it is begging for international efforts to try to help bring about a resolution, a lasting settlement”.
The United States and Turkey both support the Cyprus negotiations to reunify the island as a bi-zonal bi-communal federation, Kerry noted.
Kerry said that he had discussed the issue at length with Cavusloglu’s predecessor, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
“We believe that the parties can make real and lasting progress in the year 2015. And that will be very positive for the region and obviously a terrific boost and opportunity for a better life for all Cypriots”, the US Secretary of State said.
Cavusoglu said Cyprus was included in the agenda of his talks with Kerry, along with a series of other international issues.
The Turkish foreign minister said finally that the role of the US is very important in reaching a lasting and fair solution in Cyprus.