Latest Cyprus government News

Limbo in a blue tent: African asylum-seekers stuck on Cyprus

Oct. 22, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — It seems a strange place to pitch a tent. Plump in the middle of the United Nations-patrolled buffer zone that has divided Cyprus along ethnic lines since 1974, in the heart of the island's medieval capital, two Cameroonian asylum-seekers have...

Cyprus, Egypt sign deal to speed up electricity grid linkage

Oct. 16, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An undersea cable linking the electricity grids of Cyprus and Egypt could be key to helping both countries transition to a green economy and meet their commitments on battling climate change, the Cypriot energy minister said Saturday. Minister...

Cyprus to revoke 'golden passports' granted to 45 people

Oct. 15, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government has started procedures to revoke citizenship granted to 39 foreign nationals and six of their family members under the east Mediterranean island nation’s canceled investment-for-passports program, an official said Friday. The...

Cyprus: ExxonMobil to gauge gas field size in 6-8 weeks

Oct. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Drilling by ExxonMobil set for late next month to confirm how much natural gas is contained in a sizable deposit off Cyprus' southwestern coast will map out how the fuel will reach potential markets in Europe and Asia, the island nation's energy minister said on...

Cyprus FM urges Lebanon to implement reforms to unlock aid

Oct. 06, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

The foreign minister of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Wednesday urged Lebanon's new government to implement reforms quickly, in order for the international community to unlock aid to crisis-stricken Lebanon. Nikos Christodoulides is the first foreign minister...

EU aims for deal with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Cyprus

Sep. 28, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union could work out ways to stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to Cyprus and other EU nations when it holds high-level talks in Ankara next month, a top EU official said Tuesday. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said...

With lunch invite, UN chief tries to restart Cyprus talks

Sep. 27, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hosted a lunch Monday for the leaders of divided Cyprus, hoping to bring them back to negotiations to reunite the Mediterranean island nation — talks that have been stalled since 2017. The United Nations...

Cyprus says Turkey eyes island's control with 2-state deal

Sep. 24, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey’s new push for separate Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot states on ethnically divided Cyprus shows a desire to control the whole of the east Mediterranean island nation, the Cypriot Cypriot president charged Friday. Addressing the United...

Ataturk's legacy sparks row between Greek Cypriots, Turkey

Sep. 09, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The withdrawal of a book from Greek Cypriot high school classes over a disputed reference to modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Thursday triggered a war of words between Turkey and the ethnically-split island nation’s education ministry. ...

Turkey slams Greek 'dreams' to extend territorial waters

Sep. 09, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister reiterated on Thursday that his country will never accept any Greek move to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean sea, dismissing any possible effort by Athens as “empty dreams.” Speaking at a symposium in...