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Russia supports united economy in Cyprus
2005-07-20 15:00:35

Nicosia, Jul 20 (CNA) -- The Russian side has been consistently advocating that any projects in the sphere of equalizing the development levels of the two Cypriot communities contribute to the restoration of a unitary economic mechanism in Cyprus and the fostering of links, including economic ties between the two communities, Alexander Yakovenko, the Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, answering questions regarding the position of Russia on Cyprus.

''It is this path, not a deepening of the economic split, that can facilitate the solution of the political aspects of the settlement of the Cyprus problem as well,'' he added.

Asked whether there are any new moments in Russia's position on Cyprus after the discussion of the matter during the recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yakovenko said ''Russia as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council continues to actively participate in international efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem, one of chronic international problems, which has been the subject of attention of the Security Council for more than one decade now.''

''The principled and consistent position of the Russian side on settlement is well known. We are for a settlement which would be lasting, viable and just. Such it can be only if there are agreements between the two Cypriot communities: Greek and Turkish. Any solution imposed from outside is doomed, in our conviction, to a short life. This was confirmed by Putin in conversation with Erdogan,'' he said.

The spokesman added that ''as to the international legal basis of settlement, it is also well known. This is the resolutions of the UN Security Council that have been adopted over the last few decades and also the certain accords reached in the course of inter-community talks directly between the leaders of the two Cypriot communities''.

Asked about Russia's attitute to overcoming the ''economic isolation'' of the Turkish Cypriot community, he said ''the gap between the economic development levels of the two parts of Cyprus is considerable. It is more than three-fold. So the task of equalizing the development levels of the two Cypriot communities is quite obvious. This is one of the important components of a comprehensive settlement on the island.''

''The Russian side has been consistently advocating that any projects in this sphere contribute to the restoration of a unitary economic mechanism in Cyprus and the fostering of links, including economic ties between the two communities. It is this path, not a deepening of the economic split that can facilitate the solution of the political aspects of the settlement of the Cyprus problem as well,'' he added.

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