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Cyprus stages play for peace at reopened landmark #AFP

Cyprus stages play for peace at reopened landmark #AFP

  Cyprus’s Othello Tower, named after the ill-fated Shakespearean hero, reopened Thursday after a facelift with a performance of the tragedy that organisers hope will spread unity among long-divided communities. The year-long, EU-funded project to renovate the mediaeval tower in the port of Famagusta’s 14th century castle comes as Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are

Anastasiades sees progress in Cyprus talks #Reuters

Negotiations to settle Cyprus’s division are starting to show some progress, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday, an unusually upbeat assessment on prospects of ending one of Europe’s most enduring conflicts. Anastasiades, who represents the Greek Cypriot community in reunification talks with Turkish Cypriots, told Reuters in an interview that some “convergences” had started

[Video] – Birds of a Feather – stories from a conflict zone

On the south-eastern edge of Europe, two communities remain divided on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, playing host to one of the longest UN peacekeeping missions. This documentary looks at the contrasting personal memories formed on a post-conflict space after decades of physical separation. The well-oiled narratives of each community’s official histories have left little

Should Cyprus be reunified? [Video]

Watch the debate on Al Jazeera’s site Here’s the show’s description: Our very own Andromachi Sophocleous will be part of tonight’s debate on Al Jazeera. The other speakers are: Ozdil Nami- Foreign Minister, Republic of Northern Cyprus Mustafa Cirakli – Researcher, Lancaster University Christiana Erotokritou- Spokesperson, Democratic Party in Cyprus On Tuesday, June 30 at 19:30GMT (10:30pm Cyprus

Looking at the eastern Mediterranean via Cyprus and Iraq

Two hot developments happened simultaneously concerning the eastern Mediterranean. One is from Cyprus, the other from Iraq. Don’t consider that what happens in Iraq is far away from the eastern Mediterranean… Syrian ports, the Persian Gulf and indeed Turkey’s Mediterranean shores are on the same “strategic fault line.” After viewing the region this way, then

No concessions on Cyprus energy resources

President Erdogan’s remarks come amid easing of tensions between the two sides of the disputed island Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that no concessions will be made on Turkey’s policy concerning Turkish Cypriots. Addressing the Sixth World Forum on Energy Regulation in Istanbul Monday, Erdogan said: “It is not possible for us to make

Cavusoglu:Turkey more determined than ever to resolve the Cyprus issue

  Negotiations have started again in Cyprus. There are some statements from the Southern Cyprus administration that Turkey’s blockade in entering the EU may be lifted. What are your comments on this subject? Cyprus is not a criteria in Turkey’s official negotiations with the EU; however, it is usually discussed. The EU is trying to

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