Northern Cyprus

Global Europe 16-01-2017

Russia angrily refutes reports of Moscow undermining Cyprus talks

Russia's Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov has reacted angrily to an article claiming that his country made efforts to spoil the Cyprus reunification deal, saying that attempts to shift the blame for the failure of talks are “both unfair and misleading”.

Global Europe 13-01-2017

Cyprus reunification talks conclude with plan to keep talking

Talks to resolve the decades-old division of Cyprus ended without agreement yesterday (12 January) but with a plan for officials to reconvene on 18 January to tackle its thorny security question, before a fresh attempt to forge a political deal.

Global Europe 12-01-2017

Guterres, Juncker head to Geneva for Cyprus talks

New UN chief Antonio Guterres will attend talks in Geneva today (12 January) aimed at ending decades of stalemate in a divided Cyprus, in his first foreign trip since taking office on 1 January. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will also be there.

Enlargement 09-01-2017

Cyprus future in the balance as new peace talks begin

Rival Cypriot leaders resumed UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva today (9 January), billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.

Global Europe 14-12-2016

Greek analyst: Worst possible time for Turkey to solve Cyprus issue

It is the worst possible time to reach an agreement on Cyprus, as Turkey is under severe pressure on its Iraqi and Syrian borders, and is pushing for a broader territory swap and more regional power, said Greek professor Angelos Syrigos.

Enlargement 02-12-2016

Cyprus leaders agree to resume peace talks

Rival Cypriot leaders have agreed to resume UN-backed reunification talks after negotiations broke down in Switzerland last month.

Enlargement 22-11-2016

Cyprus talks hit impasse over territory

Crucial talks on Cyprus reunification held in Switzerland hit an impasse in the night of 21 to 22 November, the Cypriot press announced.

Global Europe 27-10-2016

Cyprus leaders to hold talks in Switzerland in November

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to continue their talks next month in Switzerland to try and reach an agreement on reunification of the island before the end of 2016, a UN spokesman announced Wednesday (26 October).

Enlargement 26-09-2016

Cyprus meeting yields ‘roadmap’ to reunification

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pledged yesterday (25 September) to play a greater role in stepped-up efforts to reach a deal on settling the decades-old conflict in Cyprus before the end of the year.

Global Europe 25-08-2016

Report: Cyprus reunification deal taking shape

A website in Cyprus has published what looks like the blueprint of an agreement for the reunification of the island, divided since 1974.

Energy 26-05-2016

Cyprus will develop offshore gas irrespective of reunification

Cyprus will continue its project of developing offshore gas, keeping this dossier “completely separate” from the negotiations for the reunification of the island, the Cypriot Minister of Energy, Yorgos Lakkotrypis, said today (26 May).

Languages & Culture 15-04-2016

MEPs call for Turkish becoming EU language

One of the texts of the European Parliament Report on Turkey adopted yesterday (14 April) calls for making Turkish an official language of the EU, a move condemned by a minority of MEPs who voted against the report.

Global Europe 12-02-2016

Anastasiades says more time needed for Cyprus solution

President Nicos Anastasiades addressed parliament yesterday (11 February) to try to convince Cypriots that a UN-backed peace deal is possible for the divided island, in a rare move by a Greek Cypriot leader.

Global Europe 22-01-2016

Nicosia mayor: Relations with Turkish Cypriots ‘starting to become a friendship’

The relationship between the two communities in Nicosia, Europe's last divided capital, is starting to become a friendship, the city's Greek Cypriot mayor has told EurActiv. 

Languages & Culture 07-01-2016

For the first time since 1974, Greek Cypriots mark Epiphany in ghost town

For the first time in decades, Greek Cypriots celebrated Epiphany on the northern side of ethnically-split Cyprus on Wednesday (6 January), as momentum builds for a possible breakthrough this year in peace talks.

Cyprus Ambassador: If Turkey is serious, it should recognise Cyprus

The EU-Turkey rapprochement is positive, but Ankara must realise it can't seek closer cooperation, and at the same time say “I don’t recognise the Republic of Cyprus,” the Ambassador of Cyprus to the EU, Kornelios Korneliou, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Turkish EU minister: Cyprus referendum in March will be successful

A referendum on the new Cyprus constitution by the end of March will be successful, and the reunification of the country will open new opportunities for Turkey’s EU integration, the Minister of European Affairs of Turkey, Volkan Bozk?r, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Global Europe 04-12-2015

Kerry optimistic about Cyprus reunification

Peace is within reach in Cyprus, US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday (3 December) as he watched children from both sides of the divided island play basketball together.

Med & South 23-10-2015

Forensic experts: Cyprus project can help Middle East peace

A unique project to exhume and identify human remains from violent events in the 1960s and the 1970s in Cyprus could be replicated in many places in the Middle East, representatives of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) said.

Euro & Finance 17-07-2015

Juncker praises Cyprus, urges reunification

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker praised Cyprus yesterday (16 July) for its budding economic recovery after harsh bailout terms saved the eurozone member from meltdown, and urged re-unification of the divided island.

Enlargement 27-04-2015

Moderate politician wins Northern Cyprus election

A leftist moderate promising to press for a peace deal in ethnically-split Cyprus swept to victory in a Turkish Cypriot presidential election runoff yesterday (26 April).

Global Europe 22-04-2015

US and Turkey upbeat about Cyprus reunification

Turkey and the United States expressed hopes Tuesday that 2015 could be the year when a long-elusive diplomatic solution is finally found to the decades-old division of Cyprus.

Global Europe 11-03-2015

Selim Yenel: The EU lacks vision for Cyprus reunification

If the Cyprus issue is solved, a lot could be done for the Eastern Mediterranean, for Turkish-Greek relations, for new sources of gas for the EU. But the EU unfortunately lacks a visionary perspective, Selim Yenel, Turkey's Ambassador to the EU, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Agrifood 06-03-2015

EU stance on halloumi cheese angers Nicosia

The recognition of the Cypriot cheese “halloumi” as a product of protected designation of origin by the EU has put Nicosia in collision course with other EU member states. EurActiv Greece reports.