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24/07/2016

Minister: Cyprus won’t be intimidated by Turkey

Location: Northern Cyprus


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).

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. 

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.
Agriculture & Food 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.
Global Europe 23-01-2015

Cyprus Ambassador: The EU should tell Turkey that gunboat diplomacy is over

The European Union should make Turkey understand that in the 21st, century gunboat diplomacy has no place, Kornelios Korneliou, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the EU told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. In October, Turkey sent naval vessels specialising in seismic exploration, into Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone, without permission.
Enlargement 23-05-2014

Biden optimistic about Cyprus reunification

US Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday rival leaders in divided Cyprus had agreed to speed up slow-moving peace talks to heal one of Europe's most intractable rifts.
Enlargement 21-05-2014

Cyprus may elect first Turkish MEP

The Republic of Cyprus is likely to elect its first MEP from the Turkey-occupied northern part of the Island, a move that signals progress in the island's reunification talks, diplomats told EurActiv.
Global Europe 13-05-2014

European court orders Turkey to compensate Cyprus for 1974 invasion

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered the Turkish government on Monday to pay €90 million in compensation to Cyprus over human rights abuses committed during and after Turkey's invasion of the island in 1974.
Enlargement 26-02-2013

Merkel, Erdo?an cross swords on Cyprus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed support yesterday (25 February) for opening a new chapter in Turkey’s paralised EU accession talks, but crossed swords with Ankara on the deadlock surrounding divided Cyprus.
Energy 25-01-2013

Cyprus issues two licences for offshore gas exploration

Cyprus licenced Italy's ENI and South Korea's Kogas for offshore gas exploration yesterday (24 January), in a boon to an economy in line for an international bailout because of its exposure to debt-crippled Greece.
Euro & Finance 04-10-2012

Cyprus rejects bailout deal on ideological grounds

Cyprus will not accept a bailout from international lenders if it involves privatisations and social welfare cuts, President Demetris Christofias said yesterday (3 October), with the indebted government that holds the rotating EU presidency set to propose alternative savings.
Energy 26-09-2012

Gas row looms large over divided Cyprus

Turkish Cypriot leader Dervi? Ero?lu said yesterday (25 September) he would present a new plan to the UN secretary-general for gas explorations surrounding the divided island, resources that could change its economic landscape.
Future EU 27-06-2012

Northern Cypriot activists seek visibility in Brussels

Hundreds of people from Northern Cyprus are expected today (27 June) to dress as ghosts to protest what they say is the indifference of the European Union to the division of their island and the hardships in the Turkish region.
Future EU 26-06-2012

Minister: Cyprus won't be intimidated by Turkey

  Statements by Turkish leaders who say their country will boycott the Cyprus EU presidency are “insulting and provocative” to Cyprus and the EU as a whole, says Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoulis.