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Turkish FM says security concerns ‘critical’ for Cyprus

Turkish FM says security concerns ‘critical’ for Cyprus

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated that in order for there to be a lasting Cyprus settlement, security concerns from both sides would have to be taken into account, he told local newspaper Phileleftheros in comments published on Sunday. Cavusoglu stressed that for Turkish Cypriots, Ankara’s role would be critical, while also stating that

Kyprianou says room for dialogue with Turkey on guarantees

AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou said on Sunday that Turkey was allow Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci a free rein on internal issues associated with the Cyprus issue at the negotiating table, while Ankara was more concerned with security and guarantees. Kyprianou was speaking Sunday afternoon on his return to Cyprus from Istanbul where he met

Stratfor: Cyprus Makes Progress on Reunification Talks

Stratfor Intelligence forecasts that though Greek and Turkish Cypriots are getting closer to an agreement on reunifying the island, lingering obstacles will likely delay any deal for at least a year. It also said the ongoing reunification negotiations will make Cyprus less likely to use its veto power to impede progress in Turkey’s accession talks

Guarantees focus of Kerry-Lavrov Cyprus contacts

The issue of security guarantees will be the focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s series of contacts in Cyprus this week. Cyprus Weekly sources say that Lavrov and Kerry, who will be in Cyprus on December 1-2 and December 3-4 respectively, will primarily be discussing the security

Feelings of mistrust

By Esra Aygin The attack on several Turkish Cypriots by a group of young Greek Cypriot extremists and allegations that Greek Cypriot police stood by without intervening, has revealed deep-lying insecurities and feelings of mistrust among Turkish Cypriot society. “At a time when we are making such a big effort for a solution, the biggest

New proposal on security issues for Cyprus

Athens and Nicosia are drafting a new, detailed and comprehensive formula on security issues with regards to the Cyprus solution, which they aim to present to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his upcoming visits to the two capitals. The US official will be visiting Athens on November 13, Nicosia on 14, whilst

Thin blue-beret line #UNFICYP

The divided island’s two leaders were very clear that following this month’s meetings at UN headquarters in New York they will see a period of intense activity, said Aleem Siddique. “Both leaders made clear they anticipate that November and December will be a period of intensification of meetings and during that period a lot of

Five challenges to peace

Detailed preparations are underway for the two sides to get into the deep waters of the Cyprus problem in November, the Cyprus Weekly has learned. The leaders and their aides reckon that intense negotiations until the end of December will either produce major trade-offs that will ease the current process to a settlement or will

Point of no return

More than three months after an agreement by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades to open a crossing point in Dherynia, the sides are at a deadlock over the route to be used for the crossings. “As the political leadership, we made a decision to open the Dherynia crossing point,”

Territory on the menu

One of the most crucial aspects of the Cyprus problem, territorial adjustments, will dominate the next leaders meeting of Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci scheduled for September 1. Without going into details of the negotiations government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides identifies the core issues, hints at possible trade offs and stresses the EU dimension of the

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