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Putin calls for balanced resolution in Cyprus without outside pressure

December 18, 2014, 15:26 UTC+3

At present, there is certain optimism with the solution of the Cypriot problem, the Russian president says

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MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls for a balanced resolution in Cyprus without outside pressure.

“We’re trying to take a balanced position and find a solution to the Cypriot problem that would satisfy the Turkish and Greek parties,” Putin said during the annual news conference on Thursday.

“If anyone tries to impose anything, such decisions are not eternal,” he said.

At present, “there is certain optimism with the solution of the Cypriot problem. We’ll move to this direction”, Putin said.

Cyprus is divided into the Republic of Cyprus where Greek Cypriots live and the northern part of the island controlled by Turkish Cypriots and seized by Turkey in 1974 as a result of the coup d’etat. Cyprus was admitted to the European Union in 2004.

The talks on the Cypriot settlement have been held for more than 40 years. However, the parties’ adamant position on key issues of the country’s reunification prevents them from achieving progress. The last round of talks has started in February.

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