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

 

Lavrov, Kyprianou says, has also made it clear that there cannot be any timetables 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 Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

 

The Russian FM met on Tuesday with Kyprianou, who is currently paying a visit to Moscow. Lavrov, Kyprianou indicated, also said that he favours the adoption of a resolution by the UNSC which will call for the agreement in Cyprus to be respected by all.

 

Kyprianou spoke to CNA and described the meeting with Lavrov, which lasted approximately 40 minutes, as very friendly and productive.

 

During the meeting, Kyprianou briefed the Russian FM on the latest developments in the Cyprus negotiations, and the issues that are still pending.

 

The Cypriot politician made it clear that it is extremely important for these issues to be resolved, in order to agree on a solution.

 

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 the FM that the position of the Greek Cypriot side is clear that 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 Karpass 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 between Russia and Turkey yesterday 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 the firm stance and the positions of Moscow towards the Cyprus solution.

 

Kyprianou and AKEL delegation also met with Leonid Slutkyi, Chairman of the Foreign Committee of Duma, with whom they discussed issues of cooperation at the CoE level and bilateral level.

 

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion

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