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Preparations for Dherynia crossing

Preparations for Dherynia crossing

Media on both sides of the green line are picking up on new chatter over the issue of opening a crossing in Dherynia, with speculation that a deal could be reached soon. Following a political decision on May 28 between President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, when the two leaders discussed Confidence

Transparency is vital

Roelf Meyer is a South African politician and businessman who played a prominent role in the negotiations to end apartheid. Talking recently about the current talks to solve the Cyprus problem, his sentiments could not have been clearer: He said that the two leaders and their teams need to inform people – Greek Cypriots and

Turkish Cypriot anxiety over 4:1 ratio

A report by Turkish daily Hurriyet has brought reactions in the occupied areas in the north about a proposal for a four-to-one ratio between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in a post solution federal Cyprus. According to Hurriyet, who also cited a publication by Greek Cypriot daily Politis on the subject, the estimate that dozens

Brown’s appraisal on Turkish intentions

L. Dean Brown, Deputy Under Secretary of State for Management of the United States in 1974, was sent by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Cyprus to take charge of the USA Embassy in Nicosia after the tragic assassination on August 19, 1974 of Ambassador Rodger Davis and until the appointment of a new Ambassador.

‘Sleeping with the devil’

In a very controversial move, former Turkish Cypriot Leader Mehmet Ali Talat’s Republican Turkish Party CTP partnered up with its arch rival – the nationalist, conservative National Unity Party UBP –this week to form the ‘government’ in the occupied north. The names of the council of ministers of the CTP-UBP administration was submitted to ‘president’

The two leaders head to theatre together

In an ongoing effort to promote a positive climate in peace talks, the two community leaders in Cyprus will watch a play together on Monday evening. Government spokesman Nicos Chrisodoulides said that President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will meet at the door of Rialto Theatre in Limassol and head inside together

Ankara plays ball

By Esra Aygin New Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, emerged unscathed from his first official visit to Ankara after he openly challenged decades of a submissive relations with Turkey and demanded the restoration of Turkish Cypriot dignity. Contrary to expectations, Akinic’s visit did not signal a new crisis in relations with Ankara. His visit to

Our DNA looks East, not West

… A study found that Greek markers accounted for around 23 per cent of Cypriot DNA. Apart from ‘Greek DNA’ markers, Cypriots showed signs of Iranian, Italian – a significant 20 per cent – Sicilian, Armenian, Syrian, Georgian, Saudi and Palestinian markers. … The genetic information, presented this week at a colloquium hosted by the Cyprus

Building bridges through bicommunal events

One of the criteria for European Capital of Culture (ECoC) – Pafos2017 is to forge links of understanding and cooperation between the estranged Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. But divided for more than 40 years since 1974 when the Turkish army invaded and occupied the northern third of Cyprus following a Greek coup, a

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