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Cyprus-Russia agree on a just, viable and comprehensive settlement
2005-03-28 14:53:45

Nicosia, Mar 28 (CNA) -- Nicosia and Moscow agree that a political settlement in Cyprus must be just, viable and comprehensive, consistent with Security Council resolutions, and must be reached with the free will of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, according to a press release issued by Nicosia that quotes an official press release by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The Russian press release said that last week's discussions between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Permanent Secretary of the Cyprus Foreign Ministry Ambassador Sotos Zahkeos focused on ''bilateral ties and prospects for further enhancing them, after Cyprus' full accession to the European Union (in May 2004), as well as the situation with regard to efforts to find a settlement in Cyprus.''

The Russian Foreign Ministry also issued a statement about Zakheos' meeting with deputy foreign minister Vladimir Chizhov, during which it was confirmed that Nicosia and Moscow believe that there must be a just, viable and comprehensive solution, consistent with Security Council resolutions, and which must have the voluntary consent of the Cypriots themselves.

Chizhov and Zakheos said they would work towards minimizing any negative repercussions from Cyprus' EU accession on bilateral relations.

In this respect, the two sides concluded that they should sign as soon as possible a joint agreement on the granting of a visa.

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