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Russia deems “positive” Paris meeting
2006-03-07 14:06:19

Nicosia, Mar 7 (CNA) – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described as “positive” the result of last week's meeting in Paris between Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said the outcome of the meeting confirms the decisive role of the UN in finding ways to solve the Cyprus problem and the significance of the Secretary General’s good offices mission.

It said Papadopoulos' and Annan's intention to continue working with the clear aim to speed up efforts for a comprehensive and viable solution to the Cyprus problem deserves every support.

In addition, the statement said the acceptance by the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to proceed with bicommunal discussions on a technical level, on a series of issues, could prepare the ground for a quick and full resumption of talks on the substance of the problem, contributing at the same time in restoring trust between the two communities.

The statement was issued after Papadopoulos had briefed Lavrov, during a telephone conversation, on the contents of his Paris meeting with Annan on February 28.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the sides expressed support for coordinating the efforts of the international community on Cyprus with the participation of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

During the telephone conversation and within the framework of the issues agreed during President Papadopoulos’ January visit to Moscow and his discussions with President Vladimir Putin, Russia reaffirmed its readiness to contribute in a number of ways in the future for a just, viable and complete solution to the Cyprus problem, under the auspices of the UN, on the basis of a voluntary agreement between the two sides and in relation with Security Council resolutions.

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