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Russia ready to participate in new conference on Cyprus

Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy

The presence of UN Security Council members in a conference for the Cyprus problem would be useful and his country is prepared to take part, Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy said on Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a visit at Limassol municipality, the ambassador reiterated his country’s desire for a settlement of the problem as soon as possible.

“We want a solution, we want all differences settled as soon as possible,” he said.

Osadchiy added that a new Cyprus conference would be better with the participation of UN Security Council members.

“It would be useful, and if necessary we are ready to go,” he said.

The UN announced on Wednesday that President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are aiming for a new Cyprus conference on security and guarantees in early March.

The one held on January 12 in Geneva, with the foreign ministers of Greece, Turkey and Britain, ended a day early after Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias called for a ten-day postponement and announced it publicly without consulting the other parties involved.

A working group was set up for the following week in Mont Pelerin, also in Switzerland, which accomplished its work and reported back to their respective leaderships.

At the time, no new date had been fixed to try again for another political attempt between the two sides and the guarantor powers, and since then negative rhetoric has grown between Athens and Ankara.

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