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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-12-10

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed here today his opposition to the imposition of deadlines by third parties for the settlement of international problems such as the Cyprus question and the question of Kosovo.

    In statements to the press after the official talks he had here with his Cypriot counterpart, Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, Lavrov also said, speaking through an interpreter, that Russia fervently supports Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos initiative to ask with a letter he sent in October to UN Secretary General for a new impetus to the process aiming to reach a Cyprus settlement, through the implementation of the 8 July Agreement.

    Replying to a question, Lavrov said that the UN Secretary General is not allowed to determine the timeframe for the completion of any talks, and that decisions are not part of the UNSGs reports but of the UN Security Council resolutions, adding that such a resolution is now being drafted on Cyprus and it will not provide for any deadlines.

    The parties concerned are the ones that can determine the timeframes, Lavrov added, noting that in the case of Cyprus there are certain agreements reached by the leaders of the two communities which have the support of the UN and all other parties must support the implementation of these agreements and not put any obstacles towards this direction.

    Lavrov also reiterated his countrys position that a Cyprus settlement must be based on the UN Security Council resolutions and expressed Russias concern for the delaying in efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement and the non-progress in the implementation of the 8 July Agreement.

    Replying to a question, Lavrov said that in order to be successful we must not look for who has the blame for the non-implementation of the Agreement but we must urge all parties to find a mutually accepted settlement.

    The Russian Foreign Minister also said that he also discussed with Marcoullis other international problems as the Middle East and Kosovo, adding that Russia and Cyprus have common positions on these issues.

    On her part, Marcoullis said he briefed Lavrov on developments in the Cyprus question and expressed the gratitude of the Cyprus government and people for the unreserved support of Russia and the Russian people for a Cyprus settlement based on the international law, the UN Charter and the Security Council resolutions.

    Replying to a question, she reiterated the political will and readiness of the Greek Cypriot side to respond to UN initiatives and efforts for a Cyprus settlement on the basis of UN resolutions and by implementing the 8 July Agreement.

    She said the Greek Cypriot side is ready to proceed with the immediate implementation of the Agreement but the Turkish Cypriot side has not responded using the presidential elections (to be held in February 2008 in Cyprus) as a pretext.

    Both Ministers also underlined the excellent, traditional relations between the two countries and their bilateral cooperation in all fields. Lavrov noted that Cyprus ranks second world-wide in the list of countries which are making investments to the Russian market, and added that on their part Russians also invest in Cyprus.

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