US and Russia Hail Resumption of Cyprus Negotiations

The United States has hailed the resumption of negotiations on the Cyprus problem, reaffirming its readiness to help the process.

A US State Department official, responding to a question, said the US welcomed the start of talks between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot leaders.

“As noted in the statement of the White House on May 12, we reaffirm our full support for the UN-facilitated process under UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide, and we reiterate our willingness to assist the process in any way the parties find useful,” the official said.

Russia is ready to cooperate with its international partners to ensure progress at talks on the Cyprus problem, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry has said, stressing that a mutually acceptable and lasting solution can only be agreed by Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots.”

The leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus, she said, agreed to resume UN-led negotiations on May 15 to solve the island’s longstanding problem.

“We commend this step and hope the sides will spare no effort to reach a fair, comprehensive and lasting settlement of the Cyprus dispute on the basis of corresponding resolutions of the United Nations Security Council,” she said.

(source: CNA)