Russian FM visits Cyprus to strengthen ties

10:25, November 05, 2009      

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Visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrvov held talks with Cyprus government on Wednesday, which centered on regional and bilateral issues and on the long standing Cyprus problem.

Issues discussed in talks both at the Foreign Ministry and earlier during a meeting with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias included boosting bilateral cooperation in European institutions and international organizations, the Middle East, Iraq and the Iranian nuclear program and other regional problems.

Sergey Lavrov and his Cypriot counterpart, Marcos Kyprianou later told a joint press conference that the positions of Russia and Cyprus on issues discussed are either identical or very close.

"Our will for further steps of co-operation was affirmed," said Sergey Lavrov after the talks and the signing of a program on cooperation in the fields of science, education and culture and the approval of a Plan of Consultation between the Foreign Ministries of the Russian Federation and Cyprus.

He added that during his talks with President Christofias they had an in-depth discussion on the implementation of a joint declaration on cooperation, signed on November 19, 2008, during an official visit the Cypriot President paid to Russia.

In separate statements, President Christofias said his meeting with the Russian minister was "excellent in the full meaning of the word." He added there had been a full identity of views on both the Cyprus problem and on international problems discussed.

On the Cyprus problem, Sergey Lavrov said the Russia fully supports the implementation on international law and the provisions of the United Nations Chapter in seeking a solution.

"There should be no timetables or arbitration. The two sides must be left free to continue their talks and find a formula for the solution of the problem, which will be in the interests of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots," he said, commenting on the ongoing negotiations between President Christofias, also the Greek Cypriot leader, and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

He called upon the international community to show the same interest in the Cyprus problem as that shown in the Palestinian problem.

Sergey Lavrov sidestepped a question whether there had been a coincidence of views on the Cyprus problem at his talks with British Foreign Minister David Miliband in Moscow earlier this week.

He said both Russia and Britain are permanent members of the UN Security Council and they have a special role to play for the implementation of Security Council resolutions.

"Other countries, including Turkey, must implement the (Security Council) resolutions and the United Nations principles," he added.

The British Foreign Minister will be visiting Ankara later this week for talks with the Turkish government, which will include the Cyprus problem. Both Britain and Turkey, along with Greece, are guarantor powers of the Cyprus Republic.

Source: Xinhua
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