Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has pointed out that a new round of talks between the two communities on the island must yield results and he reaffirmed the government’s determination to enter into a new decisive negotiating process that would lead to the solution of the Cyprus issue.

President Anastasiades, speaking to the press following a meeting he had Friday with the US Vice President, said that during the meeting he underlined the need for a new impetus in the Cyprus talks so that the new round of negotiations will guarantee that “we will enter into a course that will lead to a successful outcome.”

He pointed out that in order for this to happen, a series of courageous measures must be taken, especially by Ankara, so that Greek Cypriots regain trust in Turkey and in the dialogue. The same applied for Turkish Cypriots, he added.

“An impetus that will be developed through some measures will undoubtedly give prospects and create a positive atmosphere,” the President said.

The President appeared optimistic that during the meeting, the US fully understood Nicosia’s positions, expressing his hope that the Americans will work towards the resumption of a good start in the negotiations.

He said that US Vice President expressed appreciation to the Cyprus government for its position during the financial crisis, adding that they also discussed the island’s new geostrategic role in the region, following the discovery of hydrocarbon reserves in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and the close relations with Israel.

“They acknowledge that Cyprus can play a leading role in the foundation of a new wider alliance in the region so that the natural wealth can be better exploited”, he added.

Replying to a question, the President said that Cyprus looks forward in the US upgraded interest and its effective involvement.

He clarified that issues related to the hydrocarbon reserves were not discussed in relation to the Cyprus solution but in the sense that the discovery of natural gas can help towards the prevalence of peace in the region.

“Hydrocarbons belong to the Cyprus Republic which covers all of its citizens and all those who wish to exploit this wealth should work for the solution which will give the opportunity to everyone to benefit from this wealth. Therefore only after the solution we could discuss the hydrocarbons issue”, he told the press.

Cyprus, an EU member since 2004, has been divided when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third in 1974.

The latest round of UN-backed negotiations between the two communities began in 2008 but resulted to a deadlock when the Turkish Cypriot side in July 2012, interrupted the talks and objected to Cyprus’ presidency of the Council of the EU. A new round of talks is expected to begin in the coming months with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Exploratory drilling carried by Huston-based Noble Energy in 2011 in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone revealed a gross natural mean raging from 5 to 7 trillion cubic feet (tcf).

Noble Energy operates Block 12 with a 70 percent working interest. Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership each own 15 percent. On June 26, 2013, Cyprus government, Delek and Avner signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with regard to the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the Cyprus

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