Kidd: Crans-Montana a chance to take an important step forward (Updated)

British High Commissioner Mathew Kidd said on Friday that next week’s Conference on Cyprus at Crans-Montana is a chance for big discussions and big progress to be made, noting his country is a junior participant in the discussion at the Conference. The Swiss ski resort of Crans-Montana is just over two hours drive from Geneva, where the […]

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Common text flares tempers ahead of Cyprus talks

The draft common document that will steer negotiations on security and guarantees at the June 28 Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, sparked more controversy on Thursday, after Greek Cypriot chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis briefed Edek leader Marinos Sizopoulos and Solidarity’s Eleni Theocharous on its contents. UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide delivered the document […]

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UN denies report it wants to abolish Republic of Cyprus

The United Nations on Tuesday dismissed as groundless a media report claiming it is proposing a new treaty of establishment that would abolish the Republic of Cyprus. Citing unnamed sources, Cypriot daily newspaper Phileleftheros said the common document on security and guarantees being drafted by UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide is based on the […]

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Withdrawal of Turkish troops will cause conflict, says Ozgurgun

Without Turkey’s guarantees, the day after Turkish troops withdraw from Cyprus will bring conflict, and Turkish Cypriots will not even be able to leave their homes, Turkish Cypriot media reported the north’s ‘prime minister’ Huseyin Ozgurgun as saying on Monday. According to press reports, Ozgurgun told a Turkish Cypriot television channel that the negotiation at […]

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Tsipras-Yildirim agree fairness is key to Cyprob solution

Turkey needs to contribute to a fair and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, especially in light of the current destabilisation of the region, Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras told his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim on Monday. “The Mediterranean must remain a sea of peace,” Tsipras said, adding that there must be a “positive agenda” between […]

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Peace talks at a ‘crucial stage’

A reasonable formula for security and guarantees can be found in Geneva, Gurdal Hudaoglu, so-called undersecretary to the president in the north said on Tuesday, stating that the Turkish Cypriots’ plan for the upcoming international conference on Cyprus is a bizonal federation based on political equality and two constituent states. Speaking on Kibris TV, Hudaoglu […]

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Do you identify as Cypriot, Greek, or Greek Cypriot? (VIDEO)

The question of national identity is a fraught and impossible one. Readers’ comments on this website, and on our Facebook page, often get bogged down on the issue of whether a unique Cypriot identity even exists, independent of qualifiers like ‘Greek’ and ‘Turkish’. To try and answer this question – or at least get a […]

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Anastasiades hopes common document will be results-oriented

  The UN Secretary-General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide is due back in Cyprus on Thursday for meetings with both leaders as he prepares the common document ahead of the new Geneva talks slated for June 28. UN spokesman in Cyprus Aleem Siddique told CNA on Monday that it was important that no […]

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New Geneva conference set for June 28 (Updated)

The new Geneva conference on Cyprus is to take place on June 28, the UN announced on Friday. “In line with the statement issued following the meeting of the Secretary-General with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Mustafa Akinci, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, in New York on 4 June, and following consultations […]

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Holy Synod sees ‘grave risks’ in current talks  

The Holy Synod said on Thursday there were grave risks in the ongoing procedure to reunify the island and called on political leaders to unite in defending the country’s interests. According to a written statement following a synod meeting, among other issues the Church leadership discussed the latest developments in the Cyprus problem. “And after […]

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