Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday that the United States supports peace talks on Cyprus aimed at reunifying the divided Mediterranean island, the VOA (Voice of America) News website reports today (January 9, 2017).
Pence hosted Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the White House yesterday. Pence expressed hope that Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders "will agree to a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation to the benefit of all Cypriots."
Pence also thanked Cyprus for its support for the Middle East peace talks and the fight against the Islamic State (IS).
Cyprus has been split between a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when Turkey invaded the island in response to a failed coup by Greek troops aimed at unifying the independent island with Greece. The south is recognized as the sole Cypriot government, while only Turkey recognizes a separate Turkish Cypriot north.