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Russia calls on Talat to help resumption of talks
2005-04-20 13:51:34

Nicosia, Apr 20 (CNA) -- A Russian foreign ministry spokesman has described ''vote of confidence'' the outcome of Sunday's poll in Turkish occupied Cyprus, adding that the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat should help the resumption of negotiations, leading to a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem on an agreed basis.

Spokesman A. Yakovenko assured that Moscow will continue to contribute towards a settlement in cooperation with the people of Cyprus and other interested parties.

''We believe the outcome of the Turkish Cypriot vote is a vote of confidence to the new leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community, with regard to the resolution of problems the Turkish Cypriots are facing and primarily with regard to finding the means to reunify the island - an objective which Talat has said he supports,'' the Russian spokesman said.

Moscow, he went on to say, welcomes this goal and hopes that ''Talat's actions, as leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, will make it possible for the talks to resume with a view to find a comprehensive, viable and just solution of the question of Cyprus, under UN auspices, based on relevant Security Council resolutions and the stated consent of both communities on the island.''

The spokesman also said that Russia will continue in every way to ''contribute towards this goal, always in cooperation with the Cypriots and all interested parties.''

Talat won 55,60 per cent of the vote in Sunday's poll and will succeed veteran politician Rauf Denktash who has led the Turkish Cypriot community for decades.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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