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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland had a meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday morning, followed by a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

 

The meeting lasted one and a half hours and Nuland did not make any statements. CNA has learned that she may be returning to the Presidential Palace in the afternoon, for a second meeting with the President. She is set to see the Turkish Cypriot leader for a second time in the afternoon as well.

 

Nuland, who arrived on the island on Tuesday, had a meeting with FM Ioannis Kasoulides. She is scheduled to meet UNSG Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide as well.

 

In a brief statement to the press right after the meeting, the President said that it was very satisfactory and that he had the chance “to discuss our positions.”

 

“We are hospitable, as always” the President said, asked by the media if the meeting went all.

 

The President is now in a meeting with Akinci in the context of the UN-led peace talks to reunite the island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. This latest effort between the two community leaders began in May 2015.

 

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