Russian Ambassador in Cyprus: “Solution must not be imposed”

Russian Ambassador in Cyprus: “Solution must not be imposed”

Nicosia, May 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

The solution of the Cyprus problem must not be imposed on the Cypriots, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Nicosia Stanislav Osandchiy has stressed.

The Ambassador, who was received on Monday by Cypriot President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades, told reporters after the meeting that Russia is willing to contribute to the efforts for a Cyprus solution but is not interfering. The solution, he added, must come from the Cypriots themselves and must not be imposed on them.

“We will always be by your side, if help is needed, we will always be willing to help but we do not interfere in the solution of the Cyprus issue”, he stressed.

The Ambassador was also asked to elaborate on a Russian Foreign Ministry announcement which called on all parties involved not to interfere in the Cyprus talks. Asked to whom it was addressed, the Ambassador said `to all` and added that  “we are in favor of a solution found by Cypriots themselves. We do not want to see a solution imposed on them”.

“This is why we say those things. The solution must be found here in Cyprus and not anywhere else”, he stressed. Russia, he went on to say, supports any solution that will be acceptable by the two communities in Cyprus pointing out that the solution must be in line with the UN Security Council resolutions.

The Cyprus issue was not the only topic discussed during the meeting. President Anastasiades and the Russian Ambassador also discussed the situation in the Ukraine and other regional concerns.

Cyprus has been divided since the Turkish invasion in 1974. A new round of talks under UN auspices resumed this month after eight months of stagnation due to Turkey`s violation of the sovereign rights of Cyprus in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone.

EU urges Turkey to contribute

Meanwhile, the EU-Turkey Association Council, which met in Brussels on Monday reviewed EU-Turkey relations, heard views on a range of issues and reaffirmed the significance the EU attaches to its relations with Turkey, as a candidate country and a key partner for the EU.

The EU expressed its expectations for Turkey to actively support the negotiations aimed at a fair, comprehensive and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem within the UN framework, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and in line with the principles on which the Union is founded.

“Turkey`s commitment and contribution in concrete terms to such a comprehensive settlement remains crucial,” it pointed out.

Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides referred to a document Turkey had circulated at the end of the previous Association Council which described the Republic of Cyprus as “defunct”, saying this did not give time to the Greek EU presidency at the time to comment.

Today Turkey distributed its initial document in time and the reference to a defunct Cyprus has been deleted.

“The Republic of Cyprus is a legal and recognised state in the EU, he said.

The meeting was chaired by Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey. He was accompanied by Volkan Bozkir, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator. Edgars Rinkēvičs Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia, led the EU delegation (on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini). Johannes Hahn, Commissioner responsible for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, represented the European Commission.