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US says disappointed by failed Cyprus talks, but will continue to support unification

The White House issued a statement to reaffirm support for Cypriot Unification

The latest talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus have ended without a deal on Thursday night, disappointing many sides.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters: “Despite the very strong commitment and engagement of all the delegations and the different parties… the Conference on Cyprus was closed without an agreement being reached.”

On Friday afternoon, a statement came from White House said that ”the United States is disappointed the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana, Switzerland, has closed without an agreement. We express gratitude and respect for the hard work by all parties and for the United Nations’ facilitation. The United States will continue to support efforts to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots.”

There are various speculations about what is the next step. There are some hope for new rounds of talks in September, during United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York.

Ilhan Tanir, Washington DC

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