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Protesters in Cyprus attack Sigma TV over Covid measures and vaccines

Protesters against coronavirus measures and vaccines in Cyprus attacked television station SIGMA and torched cars outside the building in Nicosia on Sunday evening, the station said. So far, police arrested five people. Police confirmed the incident at Sigma TV and said around 2,500 protesters went to the network after a …

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EU will ‘never, ever’ accept a two-state deal on Cyprus, says von der Leyen

The European Union will “never, ever” accept a two state deal on ethnically-split Cyprus, the head of its executive said on Thursday. Ursula von der Leyen, who was visiting Cyprus, said the European Union spoke with one voice on the conflict, which has dragged on for decades and is a …

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Greece rejects two-state solution for Cyprus, says PM Mitsotakis

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated his government’s firm position that rejects a two-state solution to the Cyprus issue proposed by Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots. Mitsotakis made the statement during a working dinner of European Council leaders with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held in Brussels on Thursday. In this …

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Cyprus 5+1 talks in Geneva end in deadlock, as expected

The informal 5+1 talks on the Cyprus issue ended as expected: in a deadlock. The talks on the initiative of Secretary General of United Nations Antonio Guterres and outside the UN mandate  started in Geneva on Wednesday and ended Thursday noon. Guterres said after the talks that there was not …

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Cyprus solution “only in the context of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation”

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades coordinated on Wednesday the efforts of Cyprus and Greece in the view of the informal five party talks on the Cyprus issue scheduled to take place in Geneva at the end of the month.. In a discussion held before their meeting …

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“Totally unacceptable”: Cyprus and Greece join forces, reject EU draft on Turkey

Cyprus has rejected the draft on Turkey prepared for the summit of European Union leaders as “totally unacceptable.” Also Greece has raised objections saying that it does not reflect the balanced report submitted on Monday by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. Both the Cypriot …

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Turkey says it will only join Cyprus talks with two-state proposal

Turkey will only join talks to resolve decades of dispute over Cyprus with a proposal to establish two states on the island, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday, adding previous failed proposals should not be on the agenda. On Monday the leaders of Greece and Cyprus said they would …

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Turkish FM: Two-state deal the only way for divided Cyprus

Reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus in line with the long-established formula of federation is off the table in any future peace talks and any deal should be negotiated between two equal sovereign states, Turkey’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks after talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar could further …

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No bidders for Cyprus-Greece ferry connection

Not a single bid was submitted for the tender for the ferry connection between Greece and Cyprus which expired on Friday, Cypriot Deputy Minister of Shipping Vassilis Demetriades has said. The tender, launched December 11, concerned the selection of a contractor to operate passenger services between Cyprus and Greece. The …

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Blinken: US-Greece relationship is important to US interests in East Mediterranean

Nominee for the position of the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has expressed his desire to work to further strengthen security link between the United States and Greece. Responding to a written question by US Senator Robert Menendez, the nominee described the US-Greece relationship as important for Washington’s interests …

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Turkey sends Oruc Reis back to port. Is it enough to escape EU santions?

Turkey’s seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis returned to port of Antalya on on Monday morning from disputed Mediterranean waters, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara. Turkey withdrew Oruc Reis from contested waters ahead of a previous EU summit …

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Turkey illegally expands Search & Rescue area in Aegean and East Med

Illegally and deliberately Turkey expanded the Search and Rescue responsibility area in the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Sea with a post on …Twitter on Saturday. The move not only covers areas of Greek and Cypriot jurisdiction areas, it also brings the Greek-Turkish dispute over maritime zones at a new, …

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Erdogan undermines each chance for dialogue, provokes with Varosha

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not miss a chance to undermine any dialogue with his neighboring countries. Turkey “will never take a step back” from its goals in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean, Erdogan said on Thursday. Speaking about the “Blue Motherland” and the occupied North of Cyprus, Erdogan …

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Greece, Cyprus push Turkey through EU Summit conclusions

Prime Minister  Kyriakos Mitsotakis has stated that Greece is satisfied with the conclusions of the EU Summit, stressing that the EU had clearly outlined the consequences if Turkey continued its aggressive behavior. “The EU sent a clear message of unity, solidarity and determination. It made it very clear that the …

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