Turkish Cypriots remain more positive towards a solution – poll

An important confidence building measure for both sides would be for Greek Cypriot residents of Varosha to be able to visit their homes

A bicommunal opinion poll published on Monday reflects the recent uncertainty over the negotiations between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, with a majority of Greek Cypriot respondents unsure which way they would vote in a referendum on a solution. Greek Cypriots in April were mostly undecided what they would vote for, with 26 per […]

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Peace movement calls on leaders to move forward

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The Bicommunal Peace Movement, supported by 71 organisations from both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot Community, has sent the two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, a message to move forward with the talks to deal with the major issues with equal sensitivity to the wishes of both communities. […]

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Parties unimpressed with president’s Geneva proposal (Updated)

President Anastasiades presiding over the national council on Monday

  President Nicos Anastasiades briefed the National Council on Monday about his proposal that he says would allow a new Geneva conference to go ahead, but party leaders did not appear enthused. Anastasiades has described his proposal – reportedly centred on the order on which the six chapters would be discussed and agreed at a […]

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Cavusoglu’s stance is why Cyprus issue not solved, spokesman says (Update 1)

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

The positions Turkey’s foreign minister as outlined in his interview with Phileleftheros on Sunday, explains why the Cyprus problem has not been solved to date, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said. In the interview, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara remained firm in its position to maintain the system of guarantees and of keeping Turkish […]

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Make or break: Cypriots cling to hope in peace talks

File photo: Some of the group members at the Buyuk Khan

By Michele Kambas As a new showdown looms over troubled Cyprus reunification talks, peace activists are clinging to the last vestiges of hope that a deal can be done ending decades of division on the ethnically split island. Every Saturday for more than a decade, people from rival sides have met over coffee at a […]

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Kyprianou calls on leaders, says history will be unforgiving to them

AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou

Opposition Akel leader Andros Kyprianou on Sunday called on the two leaders to work together for a solution because history would not be kind to them for failing to seize the current opportunity for a settlement. Speaking at an event in Lymbia, Kyprianou said the Cyprus issue was at a crossroads. “Negotiations are in phase […]

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Talks at critical juncture, Anastasiades says

President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday he had tabled a creative proposal that would break the current impasse and pave the way for a settlement, as reunification talks had reached a critical juncture. Addressing the 127th session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the president said talks had achieved some positive […]

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Russia denounces claims it’s interfering in Cyprus talks

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

  Russia has rejected as “absurd” suggestions that it was obstructing reunification talks but reiterated that efforts to achieve a settlement at all costs was unacceptable. Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the anti-Russia allegations were a smokescreen designed to hide problems, such as the island’s external security issues, that had to be addressed […]

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Shuttle diplomacy for Eide, Akinci says Anastasiades setting conditions (Update 5)

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    The yawning chasm between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci became more apparent on Wednesday when they failed to agree to a way forward, instead mandating UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide into a bout of shuttle diplomacy. As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was telling reporters in Strasbourg that the […]

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‘Uncouth settlers should be sent back to Turkey’

Archbishop Chrysostomos II

Archbishop Chrysostomos said on Tuesday that “uncouth” Turkish settlers should be sent back to Turkey in the event of a solution because they were here to change the island’s demographic composition. Interviewed on a morning news show on the state broadcaster, the Archbishop said he was not being racist. They “are Anatolians, uncouth, they will […]

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