Latest Cyprus News

The Latest: Greek Cypriots reject joint gas drilling panel

Jul. 16, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey and the sanctions approved by the European Union over the dispute about drilling near Cyprus (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Greek Cypriot leaders on ethnically split Cyprus have turned down a renewed proposal by breakaway Turkish Cypriots to form a joint committee...

Turkey: EU sanctions over gas drilling 'worthless'

Jul. 16, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday rejected as "worthless" an initial set of sanctions approved by the European Union against Ankara, and vowed to send a new vessel to the eastern Mediterranean to reinforce its efforts to drill for hydrocarbons off the island of Cyprus. EU foreign ministers on Monday...

EU slaps sanctions on Turkey over gas drilling off Cyprus

Jul. 15, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday turned up the pressure on Turkey after approving an initial batch of sanctions against the country over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The ministers said in a statement that in light of Turkey's...

European Union foreign ministers have approved sanctions on Turkey for its 'illegal' gas drilling off Cyprus

Jul. 15, 2019 5:39 PM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers have approved sanctions on Turkey for its 'illegal' gas drilling off Cyprus.

Turkish Cypriot leader renews pitch for joint gas committee

Jul. 13, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Turkish Cypriot leader on the ethnically divided island of Cyprus reissued a proposal Saturday to establish a joint committee with Greek Cypriots in offshore gas drilling activities amid an escalating tussle over energy reserves. Mustafa Akinci conveyed the idea to the east...

Mobile phone link now working on both sides of split Cyprus

Jul. 11, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The United Nations has lauded the news that mobile phone coverage has been extended to both sides of the divide on the east Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus. That means Turkish Cypriots living in the breakaway north and Greek Cypriots living in the internationally recognized...

Bank officials warn Cyprus to avoid diluting bad loan laws

Jul. 10, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Banking officials are warning Cypriot authorities to not dilute legislation aimed at helping banks on the east Mediterranean island nation from getting to grips with their huge bad loan problem. A source familiar with the situation, who isn't authorized to speak publicly, said...

Turkey slams EU for backing Cyprus in drilling dispute

Jul. 10, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is rejecting European Union condemnation of its efforts to drill for gas in waters off the coast of Cyprus and says the bloc cannot be considered an impartial mediator for the divided island. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Turkey will press ahead with efforts...

EU, Cyprus condemn Turkey's 2nd offshore gas drilling bid

Jul. 8, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union on Monday backed Cyprus in condemning a second effort by Turkey to drill for gas in waters off its coast, calling it an "unacceptable escalation" that breaches the sovereignty of the east Mediterranean island nation. Cyprus said it will defend with all diplomatic...

Cyprus: More legal steps if 2nd Turkish ship starts drilling

Jul. 2, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot foreign ministry official says Cyprus will take legal action if a second Turkish vessel starts gas drilling in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights. The official, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he's not...