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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with the leaders of the main Cypriot political parties, Nicosia, September 8, 2020

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Dear friends,

Thank you for accepting our invitation. It was very important for us to use this visit, which is taking place during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus and diplomatic relations between our countries, for meeting with the representatives of all the main political parties in Cyprus, which is a close partner to Russia.

Regardless of the outcome of the elections, we have always found common ground during the past 60 years. In addition, we have developed mutually beneficial ties in many spheres, including the economy and culture. The spiritual affinity of our nations is an important component as well.

We have held productive meetings with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris and Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. We have also visited a photo exhibition dedicated to the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. However, the roots of relations between our nations go back hundreds of years.

It is very important for us to know what you think about the current developments in the region, especially when it comes to solutions to the Cyprus issue.

We firmly believe that this conflict can only be settled through UN Security Council resolutions.

We believe that nobody should force their views on either side or, worse still, lay down artificial conditions.

I would like to once again congratulate all of you on this memorable date and invite you to exchange views with our delegation.

 

 

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