WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday to discuss economic and reunification issues.
Based on a read-out of the telephone conversation provided by the White House, Biden "committed to exploring new opportunities to promote Cyprus’ economic recovery and growth and to bring peace, stability, and prosperity to the island and the region."
The vice president also expressed U.S. support for Cyprus re-unification efforts "as a bizonal, bicommunal federation."
The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on January 30 that extended the mandate for the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus until July 31, 2014, "noting that the progress made so far had not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides."
In his phone call with Anastasiades, Biden "encouraged creative thinking" at the coming UN-led talks "on ways to improve prospects for success."