Russian and Greek FMs to discuss Cyprus
by Christa Nicolaou
Athens, Jul 7 (CNA) -- The Cyprus problem will be high on the agenda of the talks between Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to be held tomorrow in Moscow.
Diplomatic sources of the Russian Embassy in the Greek capital stressed the need to continue efforts to achieve a viable Cyprus solution, within the UN framework, noting that the Moscow stance on the issue is one based on principles.
''The UN Security Council resolutions are there and they have to be respected'', the sources told CNA.
The two-day visit to Moscow of the Greek FM will focus on the Cyprus issue, bilateral relations, cooperation in the framework of the EU – Russian relations, developments in the western Balkans, cooperation within international organisations, the Middle East problem and developments in Iraq.
The sources said that changes in the UN sponsored plan for Cyprus, the Annan Plan, must be agreed by the two sides, noting that ''a viable solution can only be achieved within the framework of the Security Council.
As regards the prospect of a renewed effort, the sources told CNA that Russian supports an initiative with the good offices of the UN Secretary General and the coordination of the five permanent members of the Security Council, noting that the resumption of talks must take place without external pressure, without arbitration and tight deadlines and with the appropriate voluntary consent of the sides.
As regards Molyviatis' visit the sources said this will confirm and upgrade even further the excellent level of bilateral relations between Greece and Russia.