Moscow welcomes agreement to reconvene Conference on Cyprus

Russia has welcomed the agreement to reconvene in June the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva, noting at the same time the fact that “only the EU will be once again invited to the Conference as an observer and not the five permanent members of the UN Security Council”.

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy told CNA that his country “welcomes the agreement reached in New York to continue the negotiations in Geneva.”

He added that Moscow hopes “that the two sides will find mutually accepted solutions to all pending issues of the Cyprus problem, mainly on the issue of security and guarantees.”

At the same time, Osadchiy noted, “we pay attention to the fact that the EU will be once again the only one invited as an observer to the Conference and not the five permanent members of the UN Security Council,” he added.

The UN announced on Monday following a dinner which Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that that “the leaders and the Secretary-General agreed on the need to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June in line with the 12 January statement of the Conference.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency