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The United States still believes thιs is the best chance in decades to achieve a solution and are prepared to offer any assistance that the leaders would consider useful, a spokesperson of the US Embassy in Nicosia has told CNA, invited to comment on the failure of the Cyprus talks in Mont-Pelerin, Switzerland.

He noted that “the United States continues to support the Cypriot-led, UN-facilitated efforts of the two leaders to realize the hopes of all Cypriots and bring about a just and lasting settlement.”

“We are very encouraged by the considerable progress Cypriot leaders have made this year and hope they continue to work to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots as well as the wider region,” the spokesperson concluded.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci held in November two rounds of UN-led talks in Mont-Pelerin on the territory aspect of the Cyprus problem

The UN announced after the end of their talks on Monday evening, that despite their best efforts, they were not able to achieve the necessary further convergences on criteria for territorial adjustment that would have paved the way for the last phase of the talks.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May last year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

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