Tagged: Cyprus

Cyprus leader sees delay in talks as Ankara ‘controls’ Turkish Cypriots

A few days after the latest round of Cyprus peace talks stalled, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday that he believed Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci would not return to the negotiating table before a constitutional referendum scheduled to be held in Turkey in April. In comments to the English-language Cyprus Weekly and the Turkish-Cypriot Havadis […]

Cyprus reunification stalled in row over 1950 vote

Cyprus reunification talks were in disarray on Wednesday after reports the Turkish Cypriot side would not join this week’s meeting because of the commemoration by Greek Cypriots of a plebiscite on union with Greece more than 60 years ago. Talks between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci were abruptly interrupted […]

Turkish FM: Turkey’s military rights still needed in Cyprus

Turkey’s foreign minister says his country’s right to intervene militarily in Cyprus is still necessary given recent actions that have fanned insecurity among Turkish Cypriots. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu cited unspecified “attacks” against Turkish Cypriots as an example of why Turkey needs to keep military intervention rights on the ethnically divided island. Cavusoglu on Tuesday […]

Cyprus tests to see if remains of missing were misidentified

A committee uncovering the fate of hundreds of missing Greek and Turkish Cypriots said Saturday it’s examining whether past DNA tests on unearthed remains were incorrect, resulting in individuals being misidentified. The UN-led Committee on Missing Persons said the review was prompted after a DNA analysis carried out on remains exhumed in 2015 showed that […]

Cyprus posts surplus of 9.1 million euros in 2016

Cyprus posted a surplus of 9.1 million euros in 2016, according to data release on Friday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus. The budget surplus for January-December 2016 was 9.1 million euros compared with a deficit of 196.4 million euros in the corresponding period of 2015. The primary balance recorded a surplus of 473.8 million […]

Christodoulides: Guterres to discuss Cyprus issue in Turkey

Government spokesperson Nikos Christodoulides has described the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ visit to Turkey as important, in statements on Friday. He noted that Guterres’ visit is taking place in the framework of the UN Secretary General’s will to play an active in the process for a Cyprus settlement. In statements to the press, Christodoulides […]

Cyprus leaders seek new UN peace summit in early March, says envoy

The leaders of ethnically-split Cyprus have asked the United Nations to prepare for a new peace conference in early March with guarantor powers Britain, Turkey and Greece, a UN envoy said on Wednesday. Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci also agreed at a meeting to reconvene weekly through the month of […]

Kotzias calls for scrapping of system of guarantees in Cyprus

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias over the weekend repeated his call for the dismantling of the system of guarantees and the removal of Turkish forces from the ethnically divided island in order to make way for an elusive peace deal. “If we want to solve the problem, then we have to abolish the causes behind […]

Cyprus leaders to meet on Thursday in Nicosia

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will meet this coming Thursday in Nicosia to process and assess the results of the meetings held in Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday of technical teams of the main parties involved in the United Nations-backed efforts to reunify the island. Anastasiades said that the political discussion […]

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 […]