25 February 2014 10:53

Russian ambassador Stanislay V. Osanchiy yesterday said a more active role of Moscow in the UN-brokered Cyprus peace talks and also in energy matters is possible.
But he dismissed a designated Russian mediator on the Cyprus issue at this stage.
Talking after a meeting with President Anastasiades, he told journalists: “Such an issue (mediator) has not been discussed yet, both sides have to agree to it. But a more active role of Russia on the Cyprus issue and on energy matters is not excluded.”
He added: “Energy matters will also be on the agenda of talks when President Anastasiades visits Moscow… the date has not been set yet.” The state visit will take place in the spring.
Stalled peace talks aiming to reunite the divided island resumed on February 11 and the fresh start has been welcomed by the international community.
Messages of support and encouragement were sent from the European Union to the United States, the United Nations and Russia.
The ambassador welcomed the scheduled visits this week to Athens and Ankara by the two negotiators in Cyprus, saying these signal a new development in the peace process.
And Moscow is behind developments that will give a push to efforts towards an overall settlement of the long-standing Cyprus problem, he added.
Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis will be visiting Ankara for talks with senior foreign ministry officers on Thursday. At the same time, his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Kudret Ozersay will be holding talks in Athens.
Osanchiy also said that with President Anastasiades they discussed the explosive situation in Ukraine.
“We are monitoring the situation in Ukraine with concern. All developments there depend on decisions taken by Ukrainians themselves. The far-right forces do not agree with today’s leadership in Ukraine and this worries us even more,” Osanchiy said.
Asked whether Moscow is afraid that the Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine may secede, he said: “Moscow is afraid of future developments in Ukraine in general.”
Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Kudret Özersay yesterday completed their exchange of views on technical details and started substantive discussions on issues connected to the different chapters.
This is what a statement from the office of UN mission spokesperson Michel Bonnardeaux said after a morning meeting there of the two negotiators.
They will continue these discussions at their next meeting on Tuesday, March 4, it added.


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