Tagged: Cyprus

Athens claims high ground as Erdogan warns troops will stay on Cyprus ‘forever’

Turkey’s dismissal of the demand for a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus in the event of a settlement, and its overall attitude at the international summit in Geneva on Thursday, confirmed, Athens claimed on Friday, Ankara’s unwillingness to be constructive in the bid for a solution. “We told them clearly. When it […]

UN chief Guterres says Cyprus talks show progress but no ‘quick fix’

Talks to resolve the division of ethnically-divided Cyprus have been showing encouraging results, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guturres said on Thursday, but cautioned against expectations of a quick fix. Flanked by Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Guterres said instruments were needed to implement an end to a conflict which […]

Critical week ahead for Cyprus

Authorities in both Greece and Cyprus sought to give positive signals over the weekend about the prospects for a resolution to the longstanding division of the island ahead of a landmark multiparty summit scheduled to take place on Thursday in Geneva even though the meeting is expected to launch an open-ended procedure that could last […]

Natural gas key to Cyprus talks, says Anastasiades

The discovery of natural gas is a significant incentive to get Ankara’s backing for a resolution to the Cyprus issue, says the country’s President Nicos Anastasiades, who believes that the prospect of using some of the fuel lying beneath the seabed off the island’s shores to cover a large part of Turkey’s energy needs and […]

Officials to smooth way for Cyprus meeting

Greek and Turkish officials will engage in talks this week to lay the groundwork for a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the crucial January 12 multilateral summit in Geneva about Cyprus. Sources have told Kathimerini that the general secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Dimitris Paraskevopoulos, […]

Energy giants to begin talks for Cyprus gas

Cyprus Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Wednesday that Italy’s ENI, France’s Total, and Qatar Petroleum with American ExxonMobil – headed by US president-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson – are the energy firms that will negotiate licenses to explore for oil and gas in three blocks within the island’s exclusive […]

Cyprus leaders to meet ahead of January summit

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will hold talks on Tuesday ahead of an international conference in Geneva on January 12 as disagreement remains on the issue of security in an envisioned federal Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots want Turkey to retain military intervention rights and to keep troops on the island while Nicosia […]

NPL management must be stepped up on Cyprus

Cyprus needs to speed up its tackling of the bad loans held by banks and could see privatization plans sapped by politics next year, a source familiar with the thinking of the international organizations policing the country’s economic reforms said. The European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and the European Commission have been monitoring the […]

Cyprus talks back on track, Tsipras-Erdogan meeting not ruled out

The Prime Minister’s Office said the government has not ruled out a bilateral meeting between Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the January 12 multiparty summit concerning Cyprus that Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed on late Thursday night. The rival Cypriot leaders agreed to resume talks over […]

Athens keeps low profile in face of Erdogan rhetoric

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s calls for a review, albeit a partial one, of the Lausanne Treaty of 1923 which set the borders of Greece and Turkey, his use of nationalistic rhetoric and Turkey’s military buildup has raised concerns in Athens. However, the government is reportedly keen on keeping a low profile as it seeks […]

Cyprus foreign minister insists talks haven’t collapsed

Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides insisted Friday that reunification talks with Turkish Cypriots “have not collapsed.” Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Nicosia Friday, Kasoulides clarified, however, that a multi-party summit cannot go ahead unless Greek and Turkish Cypriots agree on the fundamental issues of territory and property. He said that […]

Cyprus does not confirm reports of UN special envoy returning to island

Reports of UN Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide returning to Cyprus after talks in Switzerland to reunify the ethnically split island collapsed were not confirmed by Cyprus’s government on Wednesday. Speaking on Wednesday, Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said there was no official information regarding the issue. He also added that there had been no […]

UN: Cyprus talks make ‘significant progress’

The Cyprus peace talks made “significant progress” after five days of negotiations at the Swiss resort of Mont Pelerin, according to the United Nations, which said that the effort will resume on November 20. “During these past five days, the chapter on territory and all other issues were discussed interdependently. Significant progress has been achieved,” […]

EU official: Cyprus accord ‘game changer’ for bloc, region

A deal reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus would be a “game changer” for the European Union and a conflict-wracked region in need of good news to restore faith in diplomacy and political discourse, the EU’s foreign policy chief said Friday. Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, said a Cyprus deal would […]

Akinci: If no rotating presidency, there will be no deal

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci stated that “if there is no rotating presidency between the two founding states of a perspective Cypriot federal state, for which accelerated negotiations are being conducted, there will be no peace deal.” Akinci’s statement was published by Hurriyet Daily News on Monday morning. He added: “A rotating presidency is one […]

40 years on, Cyprus in race to find war missing

As Turkish troops approached his village on August 14, 1974, Georgios Kantoni packed a simple meal of bread, cheese and watermelon for his family and sent them to hide in the wheat fields. Antonis Christofi, Kantoni’s grandson, was 14. It was the last time he would see his grandfather. “We were afraid because we heard […]

Greece donates olive tree ‘peace’ sculpture to Cyprus

Greece’s Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister, Ioannis Amanatides, has stated that “Greece and Cyprus constitute two important stability factors in the wider region.” Amanatides was speaking after an unveiling ceremony, at the Cyprus Foreign Ministry, of a sculpture, titled ‘Elia’ (olive tree), which was donated by Greece to the Republic. Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides was […]

Eight energy giants mull Cyprus gas exploration

Eight major energy firms have expressed interest in drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus, the government said Friday. Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said there had been “strong interest from big companies” in obtaining rights to drill off the Mediterranean island, which hopes to become a regional energy player. Ahead of a […]

Greece on the 42nd anniversary of theTurkish invasion of Cyprus

Greece does not accept and will never accept the consequences of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, argued the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias on account of the 42nd anniversary of the invasion. In his message, the Minister argued that Greece will support and stand by Cypriot Hellenism and the entire people of Cyprus. Mr. […]