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Friday, April 04, 2014

Returning ghost town will be the key to a successful conclusion of peace negotiations

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulides has said in an interview with our television station that the return of the fenced off city  Famagusta by Turkey will be the key to a successful conclusion of peace negotiations.

Kasoulides said that only something big in the form of confidence building would convince public opinion that Turkey had the will for a solution.
He also said that two or three more negotiating sessions are needed for the two sides to present a complete set of proposals on a solution and a long period of detailed negotiations will follow to bridge differences.

Kasoulides categorically stated that Turkey cannot prevent Cyprus from exploring and exploiting hydrocarbons in its marine exclusive economic zone.

He added that the discovery of hydrocarbons has a large bearing on Cypus' regional policy.

Kasoulides said that relations with Russia remain excellent despite the Ukraine crisis.

He added that he conveyed some important messages to EU chief of foreign affairs Catherine Ashton from his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, with whom he met recently in Moscow.

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