Kerry urges stalemate over Cyprus be resolved

May 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- More must be done to resolve the stalemate between Greece and Turkey over Cyprus, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

Before meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides in Washington, Kerry said the United States looked forward to working with Cypriot leaders and others "to try to move Cyprus forward on one of the world's frozen conflicts."

"I have talked personally with the prime minister of Turkey and the foreign minister of Turkey several times, I've talked with the foreign minister of Greece, and I've talked to the president of Cyprus, and I hope that there is a way," Kerry said.

The United States "supports a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation," Kerry said. "We would like to see us unfreeze this conflict and be able to move to a resolution."

Kasoulides called the stalemate an "open wound."

"[It's] bleeding to have to have one's country divided," he said.

Efforts to move forward come as the island's economy is suffering in the fallout of the collapse of the Greek economy.

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