MOSCOW, Russia – Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides asked his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov for assistance in resolving the Cyprus dispute during their meeting in Moscow on Friday.
During the subsequent press conference Christodoulides stated that Cyprus “is ready to resume negotiations in order to reach an agreement based on UN resolutions, European justice, as well as the EU’s principles and values” and that he had “asked Mr. Lavrov, who is a great expert in the Cypriot issue, to help us resolve this problem during his upcoming meetings.”
“Russia is committed to fulfilling all the adopted resolutions of the UN Security Council in order to come up with a solution to this long-lasting problem,” Lavrov said.
The Cypriot minister also expressed his concerns about the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear plant.
In 2010, Moscow and Ankara signed an intergovernmental agreement to create the Akkuyu plant near the port of Mersin, Turkey. It is being built by Russian State Nuclear Energy Agency Rosatom. The construction is scheduled for completion in 2023. Power from the plant is expected to be sold mostly inside the country.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 after Turkey invaded the northern portion of the island in 1974 after intercommunal violence broke out. There have been several failed attempts at a peace settlement since.