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Cyprus reunification could revive Turkey’s EU bid

Cyprus reunification could revive Turkey’s EU bid

Renewed dialogue between both sides of the Cyprus split has raised hopes for unity The divided island of Cyprus is often considered one of the major hurdles in Turkey’s path toward joining the European Union, but the newfound optimism that surrounds the latest round of reunification negotiations could potentially provide a much-needed boost for Turkey’s

Only when Turkey enters EU can there be any change in guarantee structure

Turkey’s guarantee of Turkish Cypriot safety is “non-negotiable” warns former Chief Negotiator Former  Chief Negotiator Ergün Olgun says that only when Turkey enters the European Union and the situation stabilises can there be any change in the guarantee structure for the whole island. Greece, Turkey and the UK are all still Guarantor Powers under the

Europe shows interest in Cyprus talks

European Commission official Pieter Van Nuffel has begun lending a hand as talks continue between Cyprus negotiators Andreas Mavrogiannis and Ozdil Nami. His first ‘sign of interest’, according to reports in Phileleftheros on Thursday, were shown during talks on Wednesday between Nami and Mavrogiannis and is a clear indication of the EU’s interest in the

If Cyprus issue is resolved, we will be able to open 10 chapters in one year

Turkish daily Sabah (27.07.15-online in English) published an interview by Turkey’s EU Minister Volkan Bozkir who spoke to the paper about various subjects including terrorism and refugees, the EU expansion process and the Cyprus issue, during his visit to Luxembourg for the Ministers of European Affairs meeting. Following is an abstract of Bozkir’s interview: “DS:

EU’s Juncker to make first visit to Cyprus

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is to start his first official visit to Greek Cyprus on July 16 for talks on the bailed-out island’s economy and the UN-brokered peace process. He is to meet President Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot leader, to discuss the economy and how Cyprus can benefit from European investment. “Energy questions

Omirou says Turkey needs to decide on compromise

Turkey should decide whether to continue its invasive and expansionary politics, or if will finally compromise with the idea of a Cyprus solution, that will restore conditions of security and stability in Eastern Mediterranean and that will also lift any obstacles towards Turkey`s European orientation GC House Speaker Yiannakis Omirou stressed on Saturday. Speaking in

Akıncı says EU will not replace UN

  Mustafa Akıncı has said that the European Union’s interest in the Cyprus negotiations process did not mean that the EU was going to replace the United Nations. Speaking yesterday to reporters on his return from his meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiadis, President Akıncı said that the process was a UN-led process

Turkey’s new page with the EU and Cyprus

“Turkey’s foremost priority, as a European country, is to continue its relations with the EU, being well aware that it is a great European state. Turkey will find its place in that world.” These words were uttered by a high level official in Ankara who I had a conversation with last week.But why now? Where

Espen Barth Eide:Leaders in 100% agreement over EU character of federal Cyprus

UNSG’s Special Adviser to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide has said Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci are in 100% agreement about the European Union character of a federal Cyprus after a solution. Eide, who was speaking on Thursday evening at an event in the Centre of Visual Arts & Research (CVAR) in the old town of