Latest Cyprus government News

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...

Turkish drones in northern Cyprus heighten regional unease

Aug. 25, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An air base hosting Turkish drones in the breakaway northern third of ethnically divided Cyprus is ratcheting up unease among neighboring countries, which see the station as an added instrument of instability in the turbulent east Mediterranean region. ...

Cyprus sends 88 Syrian migrants back to Lebanon

Aug. 23, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus on Monday sent 88 Syrian migrants back to Lebanon after they tried to reach the eastern Mediterranean island nation on two boats. Interior Minister Nicos Nouris told The Associated Press that rescue crews continue to search for one of five...

Cyprus to start COVID-19 vaccination of children 12 and over

Jul. 30, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus will start the voluntary COVID-19 vaccination of children over age 12 next week using mRNA shots produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, authorities said Friday. Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantela said that Cyprus is following other...

Cyprus forest fire that killed 4 now under control

Jul. 05, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A deadly brush fire that claimed four lives and has been described as the most destructive blaze in Cyprus' 61-year history as an independent republic is now fully under control, Cypriot authorities said Monday. Cyprus’ Forestry Department said...

Cyprus faces its 'most destructive' forest fire ever; 4 dead

Jul. 04, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus search crews discovered four charred bodies outside a fire-swept mountain village on Sunday in what the interior minister called the “most destructive” blaze in the eastern Mediterranean island nation’s history. Interior Minister...

Cyprus asks EU, Israel for help fighting huge forest fire

Jul. 03, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus asked fellow European Union nations on Saturday to help battle a huge forest fire in a mountainous region of the east Mediterranean island nation that has forced the evacuation of at least seven villages. Cypriot Environment Minister...