China supports peaceful settlement of Cyprus problem
Nicosia, May 10 (CNA) -- Vice President of the People's Republic of China Zeng Qinghong has said his country is closely monitoring developments in the Cyprus problem and reiterated China's position for a peaceful solution that would respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the island and would address the concerns and interests of the two communities.
According to an official press release issued here, Zeng Qinghong was speaking during a meeting in Beijing yesterday with Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou, who is on an official visit to China at the invitation of his counterpart, Li Zhaoxing.
The Chinese Vice President assured that his country, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, would actively support efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, based on the UN Charter and the fundamental principles of international law and relations.
Iacovou briefed Zeng Qinghong on the situation and analysed the basic parametres of the Cyprus question and efforts to achieve a settlement.
He also noted the Cypriot government's commitment to reaching an agreed peaceful and viable settlement as soon as possible.
During the meeting Zeng Qinghong expressed satisfaction over the excellent level of bilateral relations, which he described as close and traditionally very friendly.
He also expressed certainty that the relations would deepen and broaden even more to the two countries' mutual benefit and that Iacovou's visit would further contribute to this end.
Zeng Qinghong congratulated Cyprus on its accession to the EU, a development he said would help enhance China's relations with the Union.
During their meeting, Zeng Qinghong and Iacovou also exchanged views on regional and international matters, and the Chinese official expressed his gratitude for Cyprus' understanding in issues of special interest for China.
Iacovou shared Zeng Qinghong's satisfaction and assessments over the excellent level of relations and prospects to further enhancement.