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Media Watch 2007

29 June 2007
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 29 June 2007.
Russia supports solution based on UN resolutions
RUSSIA will continue to support a solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN Security Council decisions and resolutions.

"RUSSIA will continue to support a solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN Security Council decisions and resolutions.

This was stated by the Speaker of the State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Federation Boris Gryzlov, during his official visit to the island this week, on an official visit at the invitation of the Cyprus House of Representatives.

He headed a 20-member Duma delegation, including members of a Russian parliamentary football team, which beat the Cyprus House of representatives side 9-4. Christofias was team captain but withdrew after two minutes citing a strain "the result of intensive pre-match training."

Common positions
Speaking after their noon meeting on Monday both Gryzlov and Cyprus House of Representatives Demetris Christofias, said they had "found common positions on the Cyprus problem and the international political position."

Gryzlov stressed, "We will continue to support the positions we have supported so far, which are positions for a Cyprus settlement based on UN Security Council decisions and resolutions."

Referring to bilateral relations, Gryzlov noted that, "there is always room for improvement, despite the very high level of bilateral ties."

He added: "Unfortunately, for the past couple of years there has been an immobility regarding commercial exchanges."

Referring to visas required for Russian citizens visiting Cyprus, Gryzlov said there is a way to solve the problem and that one should not rely solely on the EU to find a way out, stressing, "Cypriot friends can push things."

Reaffirmed
Christofias said they had reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to principles of international law, the UN, on the Cyprus problem and the international political situation.

On Monday morning Gryzlov was received by President Papadopoulos.

The Russian delegation left Cyprus on Monday evening."