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China welcomes the resumption of the Cyprus talks

2015-05-19

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on 15 May 2015 and said that China welcomes the resumption of the Cyprus talks.

Q: Nicos Anastasiades, the head of the Greek Cypriots, met with Mustafa Akinci, the new Turkish Cypriot leader On May 11. An official meeting will be held between the two leaders on May 15 to resume political negotiations on the Cyprus problem. How does China comment on this progress?

A: We have noted the positive progress concerning the resumption of negotiations on the Cyprus problem, and welcome the meeting between the two leaders. China commends the efforts by the UN and the international community to resolve this problem, and supports a just and reasonable settlement of the Cyprus problem following relevant UN resolutions, as well as all peaceful efforts conducive to resolving the problem. It is believed that any solution to this problem should meet the interests of the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots. We hope that the two sides would make good use of this opportunity, narrow differences through negotiations, and strive for a mutually acceptable solution. As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China is willing to play a positive role to this end.

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