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New found optimism on progress in talks

New found optimism on progress in talks

IT WAS quite astonishing to hear President Anastasiades, on Tuesday, expressing the hope that the peace talks could lead to an agreement before the parliamentary elections scheduled for May. When Mustafa Akinci suggested, a few months ago, that the aim was to have a deal before the elections, Anastasiades and his spokesmen were quick to

Nikos Kotzias: Cautious optimism over Cyprus solution

Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias on Monday expressed cautious optimism over the outcome of the UN-brokered Cyprus peace process aiming to reunite the divided island. And he made clear that the immediate withdrawal of Turkey’s occupation troops from the northern part of Cyprus are withdrawn immediately before a settlement can be approved. Kotzias was talking

As Talks Progress, Optimism Grows for Elusive Cyprus Peace

It has been a busy month in Cyprus, with visits from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. And for the first time since the early 2000s, there seems to be real optimism that one of the longest-running conflicts in the world could finally be

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

Second reunification referendum in Cyprus on horizon

A second simultaneous referendum on Cypriot reunification could take place in early 2016 following negotiations between the two entities’ presidents, a Turkish government source said July 2. “We are at the threshold of an important development,” said the source, who asked not to be named. “The two leaders have started to get into substantial issues.