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Cyprus ‘secures’ US and Egyptian support

The US recognises the Republic of Cyprus` right to develop its resources in its EEZ, the State Department has said.

A spokesperson for the State Department said: “the U.S. policy on Cyprus’s EEZ is longstanding – We recognise the Republic of Cyprus’s right to develop its resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone”.

It added that it continues “to believe the island’s oil and gas resources, like all of its resources, should be equitably shared between both communities in the context of an overall settlement”. At the same time, it said: “we continue to discourage actions that increase tensions in the region.”

In the meantime, Nicosia on Wednesday secured the support of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi while being informed by President Nicos Anastasiades about developments regarding the latest round of settlement talks.

In statements to the press, Deputy Government Spokesman Victor Papadopoulos said that the two men had a long telephone conversation during which Anastasiades explained the developments at the Conference on Cyprus at the Swiss resort Crans-Montana.

“President Anastasiades reiterated his readiness and political will to continue with efforts for a settlement to the Cyprus problem, within the framework and the parameters set by the UN Secretary General,” said Papadopoulos.

According to Papadopoulos, the Egyptian President “pointed out that he stands by the Republic of Cyprus, as well as within the framework of the forthcoming Presidency of the UN Security Council by his country”, from August to December 2017.

Papadopoulos said finally that el-Sisi has accepted an invitation for a bilateral meeting in Nicosia, the day before the next Cyprus-Greece-Egypt Trilateral Summit, that will take place this autumn.

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