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Putin: Russia supports Annan's efforts on Cyprus
2005-01-12 13:55:35

Nicosia, Jan 12 (CNA) --- Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed that Russia supports the efforts made by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan regarding a Cyprus settlement, ''including his plan to develop economic relations with Northern Cyprus, to remove the blockade that it has been in force there for many years''.

Putin added that he recently had the opportunity to discuss with Annan the Cyprus issue during a telephone conversation.

''I would like to stress that Russia supports the efforts of the UN General Secretary and I recently had the opportunity to discuss this topic with him by telephone directed to regulating the Cyprus problem, including his plan to develop economic relations with Northern Cyprus, to remove the blockade that it has been in force there for many years'', Russian President said yesterday.

Putin's statements were made after a meeting with Turkish businessmen visiting Moscow, with whom he also discussed the Cyprus issue.

The meeting was held during a visit to Russia by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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