02.10.2008 12:38 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Now many are trying to build all sorts of parallels
between the situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia with other
internationally unrecognized entities, including northern Cyprus,
Russia's Foreign Minister said.

"It's unclear, however, where those "experts" were after the unilateral
proclamation of Kosovo's independence of. It wasn't us who opened a
Pandora's box. So, I advise to be cautious when drawing parallels,
which are absolutely irrelevant in the case of Cyprus, Nagorno
Karabakh and Transnistria," Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with
Elefterotipia Greek newspaper, the RF MFA press office reported.

"In all these cases a negotiation process is going on; neither of the
parties undermines the settlement mechanisms and is not going to use
force, as the current Georgian regime did, violating its obligations,"
he said.

"Our fundamental stance on the Cyprus problem is changeable. We speak
out for a just, viable and comprehensive solution for all Cypriots,
both Greeks and Turks on the basis of the relevant decisions of the UN
Security Council and the voluntary the consent of the sides. Russia's
recognition of northern Cyprus is out of question," he added.

Commenting on Iran's nuclear program, the Minister Lavrov said, "Our
Caucasus policy is not an article of commerce or dubious deals. We
stand for peaceful diplomatic resolution of the problem on the basis of
IAEA and UN Security Council's decisions. Any pressure and, moreover,
use of force will immediately destabilize the region."

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress