Romania hopes Cyprus problem will find lasting solution

Romania supported a lasting solution to the Cyprus problem accepted by both sides within the UN framework, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi reiterated on Friday.

Meeting with his visiting Cypriote counterpart Markos Kyprianou, Baconschi stressed that Romania hopes that “this problem, which was imported by the European Union, will find a lasting solution.”

Kyprianou in his turn thanked Romania for the support given to it on this problem and for its principled position to the UN resolutions.

“We are trying to have a solution, a federative two-zone community,” said the Cypriote official, stressing that “this solution should be viable and functional in order to enable Cyprus to go on being an active member of the EU. This functional solution is in the interest of the EU too.”

“Leaving our pledge aside, it is very important that Turkey too should cooperate and have a constructive attitude. A solution to the Cyprus problem will help Turkey in the process of getting integrated into the European Union,” he added.

Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey militarily intervened and occupied the north of Cyprus following a coup by a group of Greek officers.

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