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Lavrov urges two sides to show readiness for compromise (Updated)

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed the hope that the two communities in Cyprus would show readiness to make compromises, bearing in mind their mutual concerns.

“We welcome the resumption of the inter-communal talks in May this year and we follow closely the process of the Cyprus talks. There are for now many issues on which the two sides cannot reach an agreement. It is obvious that there are no easy solutions. We hope that the two communities will show their willingness for compromises bearing in mind the mutual concerns,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency ahead of his visit to the island on Wednesday.

The Russian foreign minister said he was looking forward to a series of constructive meetings and expressed certainty that the outcome of the meetings would contribute to the further development of bilateral relations and to the strengthening of trust.

Referring to the Cyprus issue, he reiterated Russia`s stance for a viable and just solution, based on the relevant UN Security Council decisions with respect of the interests of the two communities on the island.

He also expressed hope that the two communities in Cyprus would show readiness to make compromises, bearing in mind their mutual concerns.
Lavrov told CNA that Russia believes that the people of Cyprus must find their own way towards a solution without pressure or interventions from abroad and without timeframes.

Russia, he said, being a permanent member of the UN Security Council would continue contributing to the creation of the necessary conditions that would lead to a solution of the problem.

During his visit to Cyprus, Lavrov will be received by President Nicos Anastasiades and hold separate meetings with House President Yiannakis Omirou, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Archbishop Chrysostomos II.

He also expressed his country`s gratitude towards Nicosia`s position of principles after the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey on November 24.
In order to achieve a stabilisation in Syria terrorist groups in the country must first be destroyed, he said, adding that no attempts to end this process, including “stabs in the back” will be able to force Russia to abandon this basic position.

He was referring to the downing of a Russian aircraft by Turkey last week Lavrov said it was indicative that the “planned Turkish provocation” took place at the very moment we saw the ability to create a broad international coalition to combat ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria, and the destruction of the relations of terrorists with their external accomplices and supporters.

“We are grateful to the government of the Republic of Cyprus for the position of principles it expressed in relation to the attack against our aircraft,” Lavrov said. “We are convinced that the international community must finally join forces and create a broad anti-terrorist front on a comprehensive international legal basis.”

The most important component for a successful effort in this direction would be for some to give up their policy of “double standards” and the separation of terrorists into “good” and “not so good” terrorists, he added.
What was of great importance right now, he added, “is to implement the decisions taken to end any form of support and assistance to terrorists either through the illegal trafficking of oil, people, cultural objects or arms shipment.

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