Obama: now is best time for Cyprus

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US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said that the prospects for a set­tle­ment in Cyprus prob­lem are the best that have been for some time, and has urged the par­ties to con­tinue their work. In state­ments after a meet­ing with Greek Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Obama said that they “dis­cussed Cyprus where the prospects for a just, com­pre­hen­sive, last­ing set­tle­ment are the best that have been for some time.”

It doesn’t mean, he added, “that suc­cess is guar­an­teed, but the pos­si­bil­ity of re­solv­ing a decades long con­flict is there.”

“We urged the par­ties to con­tinue their work,” the US Pres­i­dent noted, adding that “the in­ter­ests of all Cypri­ots will be ad­vanced with a bi­zonal bi­com­mu­nal fed­er­a­tion.”

Obama con­tin­ued say­ing that “we are hope­ful that a so­lu­tion that is durable, which would cre­ate new eco­nomic op­ti­mism for all the peo­ple across Cyprus, is within reach.”

The good news, he added, “is that you have two lead­ers who seem gen­uinely com­mit­ted to find com­pro­mises and ap­proaches that will serve both their peo­ples life.”

Obama, who is trav­el­ling to meet the lead­ers Ger­many, France and Italy in Ber­lin on Wed­nes­day, said that the US has in­vested a lot of time and spoke about Vice Pres­i­dent’s Joe Bi­den’s ac­tive in­volve­ment.

“We are en­cour­aged by the progress that has been made,” he noted, adding that “I think there is a win­dow in the next weeks, months where this is is­sue will be ac­tu­ally re­solved.”

The US Pres­i­dent fur­ther noted that a so­lu­tion would not pro­vide 100% what ei­ther side wants, adding that mech­a­nisms could maybe be found for tran­si­tional pe­ri­ods.

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