The US Ambassador to South Cyprus Judith Garber on Monday called on the two sides to be seriously engaged at the upcoming informal five-plus-one meeting on the Cyprus Issue to reach common ground.
In an interview with the TAK news agency, Garber said that Washington continues to support a solution based on the bi-communal, bi-zonal federal model.
She said she did not want to comment on a solution model outside the framework of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
The US ambassador added that what was essential for the US was for the negotiations process to be carried out under the auspices of the UN and on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions, “by the Cypriots for the Cypriots.”
She described the upcoming informal meeting as a critical step in efforts aimed at restarting official talks.
Garber pointed out that the US, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and as an ally to the guarantor Powers in Cyprus, was following solution efforts on the island closely.
She expressed the hope that common ground will be reached at the informal summit.
Stating that a settlement in Cyprus was important for peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, the US ambassador said that Washington believed in the fair distribution of the island’s hydrocarbon resources between the two sides.
She also pointed out that the Eastern Mediterranean was going through a critical period and called on all sides to refrain from taking provocative actions which might raise tensions.