US vice president: Unity could bring opportunity to Cyprus

"Solutions will bring huge opportunities that did not exist 40 years ago," U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said

LEFKOSA - "Solutions will bring huge opportunities that did not exist 40 years ago," U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said as he discussed the possibility of achieving unity in the currently divided island of Cyprus.

Biden, during his visit to Cyprus, added that the divided island has the potential to become a "key player" in its region if a single legitimate government can be established and expressed Washington’s support for a resolution from the peace talks.

After separate talks with Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu and Greek Cypriot administration leader Nicos Anastasiades, Biden said that the United States is ready to contribute financially, but added that the U.S. does not have the capacity to help settle the problems.

The island of Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.

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