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Cyprus Government sees no change in Russian position on Cyprus
2004-12-27 11:10:35

Nicosia, Dec 27 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Government does not see any reason to worry for a change in the stance of Russia regarding the Cyprus problem, Cyprus Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Sotos Zackheos has said.

Replying to a question, during a joint press conference with Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, Zackheos said according to information the island's Foreign Ministry gathered, during a telephone conversation he had with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the solution of the Cyprus problem must be agreed by the two sides and it would be unproductive to talk about imposing a plan that was not accepted by the majority of the Cyprus people.

Zackheos was commenting on press reports that Putin was negative to a request by Annan that Russia agrees on the approval of a resolution by the UN Security Council to adopt the UN Secretary General' report on Cyprus.

''We have been in contact with the Russian Foreign Ministry,'' he said, noting that ''information that the Secretary General himself contacted Putin to ask for the adoption of his report is not correct.''

He said that when Putin recently visited Ankara the Turkish side had asked Russia to back a UN Security Council resolution, adopting the UN chief's report.

''Then there was a contact between President Putin and the SG during which Russia's position to support the SG's good offices was reaffirmed and Putin allegedly said that the solution must be agreed and that it would have been unproductive at this moment to discuss about imposing a plan since this plan was not accepted by the majority of the Cyprus people,'' teh Cypriot official noted.

Replying to another question, Zackheos said that Cyprus has excellent relations with Russia and ''we are in constant dialogue.''

To a remark that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayiip Erdogan said that he has asked for the approval of the resolution since he has secured the positive stance of Russia, Zackheos said there was no reason to worry.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said that ''friendly relations between Cyprus and Russia are a matter of fact.''

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