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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. ...

Cypriot official: Pope Francis to visit Cyprus in December

Aug. 31, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis will visit Cyprus in December, making him the second Roman Catholic pontiff to ever travel to the eastern Mediterranean island nation, a Cypriot official said Tuesday. The official said the pontiff’s two-day visit will take place...

U.S. senator calls two-state deal for divided Cyprus 'wrong'

Aug. 30, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that the “retrograde vision” of Turkey’s president to cement Cyprus’ ethnic divide by striving for a two-state deal “is wrong” for all Cypriots. Robert...

Seeking Mediterranean allies, Greece hosts Jordan's king

Jul. 28, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — King Abdullah II of Jordan was meeting Wednesday in Athens with the leaders of Greece and Cyprus as part of regular high-level contacts launched between the three Mediterranean countries in 2018. Greece is seeking to expand its economic and...

UN Security Council slams decision to reopen Cyprus suburb

Jul. 23, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned the decision by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb on Friday and called for “the immediate reversal" of this unilateral action, warning that it could raise tensions on the divided...

Draft UN statement urges Turkish reversal of Cyprus action

Jul. 21, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A proposed U.N. Security Council statement would call on Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reverse a decision to reopen a residential section of an abandoned suburb and avoid any unilateral actions that could raise tensions on the divided Mediterranean island. ...

Cyprus protests opening of ghost-suburb's residential area

Jul. 20, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — The government of ethnically split Cyprus lodged formal protests with the United Nations and the European Union on Tuesday over a decision by Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned, military-controlled suburb. ...

Turkish president: Two-state deal only way for Cyprus peace

Jul. 19, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — The only route to lasting peace on ethnically divided Cyprus is through the international community’s acceptance of two separate states on the east Mediterranean island nation, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. Erdogan said...

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...