Taken Question: U.S. Policy on Cyprus

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Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 12, 2015

Attribution is on-the-record from Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson:

Question: What is the U.S. point of view on Cyprus at this stage?

Answer: Our policy on Cyprus has not changed.

We fully support the UN-facilitated process under UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, and we reiterate our willingness to assist the process in any way the parties find useful.

As we have made clear, we are encouraged by the progress Cypriot leaders have made in recent months.

We encourage the parties to reach a settlement as soon as possible to reunify the island as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots as well as the wider region.

The United States does not recognize the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”

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