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Cyprus Cyprus Talks

Lavrov says solution should have no guarantees

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that in a future solution to the Cyprus problem no guarantees can be accepted, according to AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou.

Lavrov, Kyprianou said, has also made it clear that there cannot be any timeframes or arbitration in the UN-led peace talks for a Cyprus settlement and the solution must be the result of the free will of Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
Kyprianou, on a visit to Moscow, met Lavrov on Tuesday.

Lavrov, according to Kyprianou, also said that he favoured the adoption of a resolution by the UNSC which will call for the agreement in Cyprus to be respected by all.

During the meeting, Kyprianou briefed the Russian FM on the latest developments in the Cyprus negotiations and the outstanding issues.

As regards the issues of security and guarantees, Kyprianou said that the FM was quite clear that no guarantees can be accepted and that there should be some kind of agreement for a brief transitional period.

On the territorial issue, Kyprianou told Lavrov that the position of the Greek Cypriot side is clear: the territory to be returned under Greek Cypriot administration in a reunited federal Cyprus, should provide for the return of approximately 100,000

Greek Cypriots to their properties under Greek Cypriot administration or under the central government.

He also said that they discussed a proposal for the return of the Karpas peninsula to its rightful owners under Central Government rule.

The Russian FM reiterated, according to Kyprianou, his country’s support to the Cyprus solution and pointed out that Russia stands ready to provide any kind of assistance.

Asked whether they touched upon the agreement signed on Monday between Russia and Turkey regarding the Turkish Stream pipeline, Kyprianou said that Lavrov explained that the Cyprus issue was not discussed, but issues of bilateral interest between Russia and Turkey.

However, Kyprianou pointed out, it was clear that the steps taken to improve Russian-Turkish relations do not in any way affect Moscow’s firm stance and the positions regarding the Cyprus problem.

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