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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Cypriot status quo

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Cypriot status quo

The visit to Israel of Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, is meant to revive the EU’s involvement in the so-called “Middle-East peace process.” “The status quo” is not an option, declared Mrs. Mogherini ahead of her visit. Among EU members, France is actively promoting

All signs are pointing to a solution to the Cyprus problem

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to work together, and according to a statement “reach as soon as possible, a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus question.” We may be very close to a solution to Cyprus’ division…let’s hope that all negotiating parties can make the islands reunification a reality. The Cyprus dispute — or

Russia ready for cooperation to ensure progress and talks on Cyprus problem

MOSCOW, May 15. /TASS/. Russia is ready to cooperate with international partners to ensure progress at talks on the Cyprus problem, a spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry, Maria Zakharova, said in a statement on Friday. The leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus agreed to resume on May 15, 2015 the United

Cyprus peace talks raise hopes of an end to a conflict that has haunted EU

It has taken more than 40 years, an army of mediators and several near-misses, but there is genuine hope that when the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus resume peace talks on Friday, the west’s longest-running diplomatic dispute can finally be resolved. The quest to end a conflict that has haunted Europe since the summer of

New Turkish-Cypriot Leader Fuels Cyprus Reunification Optimism

A whiff of reunification is wafting over Cyprus. The election late last month of independent candidate Mustafa Akinci as the president of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus may speed up efforts to reunify the divided Mediterranean island and boost economic growth for both communities. Cyprus has been divided along ethnic lines since 1974,

Hands across the divide: Cypriots go where their politicians fear to tread

They have little faith in their leaders, so people from the Turkish and Greek sides of the island are working to reunite their communities themselves On the beach at Famagusta, there’s a sweeter, citrus scent mixed in with the sea breeze. In the shadows of one of the world’s best-known ghost towns – the Famagustan

The victory of Mustafa Akıncı in northern Cyprus gives hope to Turkish Cypriots of a better future

Entrenched political parties are crumbling these days in the Eastern Mediterranean. The upstart Syriza handily defeated its elder rivals in Greece, while the Kurdish-backed HDP is on the rise amongst liberal and left-wing voters in Turkey. And now in north Cyprus, an independent leftist candidate won the presidency in a landslide victory on 26 April