Remarks by Assistant Secretary Nuland – Press Walkout after Meeting Turkish Cypriot Leader Akinci

Hello everybody. We had a very good session with Mr. Akinci.  As I said coming out of my previous meeting, we are hopeful; both leaders we see making courageous decisions for peace, thinking about their people, thinking about the future of this island. We also had a really good strategic conversation about the importance—not just for all the people of Cyprus for peace and reconciliation here—but also for this turbulent neighborhood which needs stability, which needs peace, which needs a positive example of two communities living well together. So, the United States will continue to support this process, we will continue to support these leaders as they take difficult steps, but we want this to be a Cypriot-owned, Cypriot-led process. Thank you very much.