Latest Cyprus government News

Cyprus president: Arsonists won’t stop national park plan

Nov. 14, 2019 2:16 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president vowed on Thursday to press ahead with creating a national park in a largely untouched area of the tourism-reliant island, following a string of deliberately-set forest fires that were blamed on local landowners’ development plans. Nicos Anastasiades...

EU unveils sanctions plan to hit Turkey over Cyprus drilling

Nov. 11, 2019 2:28 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday unveiled a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorized gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus but no Turkish companies or officials have yet been targeted. EU foreign ministers adopted a mechanism making it possible "to sanction...

Cyprus moves to strip 26 foreign investors of citizenship

Nov. 6, 2019 12:02 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is to set in motion procedures to strip 26 foreign investors of citizenship, the country's interior minister said Wednesday, amid questions over whether they should have been issued a Cypriot passport under a lucrative investment program. Constantinos Petrides said authorities...

Cyprus 'golden passports' to be revoked if wrongdoing found

Nov. 4, 2019 10:01 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president pledged on Monday to revoke any of his island republic's passports found to have been "mistakenly" granted to wealthy overseas investors under a controversial cash-for-citizenship program. Nicos Anastasiades said errors may have been made in granting such so-called...

Cyprus 'golden passports' to be revoked if wrongdoing found

Nov. 4, 2019 6:55 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president is pledging to revoke any passports that were "mistakenly" granted to wealthy investors who were found to have committed wrongdoing. President Nicos Anastasiades says "errors" may have been made in granting such "golden passports" under an earlier, less-strict...

Cyprus: Investors being probed in golden passport scheme

Oct. 24, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is checking whether foreign investors who were granted a so-called "golden passport" met the scheme's eligibility criteria, a Cypriot government official said Thursday. Government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said investors could lose their Cypriot passport if the...

Lebanon, Cyprus to work on curbing migrant arrivals by boat

Oct. 15, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Lebanon's defense minister said his country and Cyprus have agreed to work together on curbing boat loads of migrants from reaching the east Mediterranean island nation. Elias Bou Saab said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart on Tuesday that Lebanon would pass on information to...

France joins Cyprus for naval maneuvers amid gas dispute

Oct. 12, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France and Cyprus are conducting naval maneuvers off Cyprus as the east Mediterranean island nation is embroiled in a tense dispute with Turkey over offshore gas drilling. Two French frigates heading to Syria plan to take part in "routine" exercises in Cypriot waters this weekend, a...

Egypt, Cyprus, Greece condemns gas exploration by Turkey

Oct. 8, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece on Tuesday condemned an "unlawful and unacceptable" bid by Turkey to drill inside waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hosted a meeting Tuesday with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos...

Cyprus-based project to monitor Mideast emissions

Oct. 8, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A new research center to monitor greenhouse gas emissions in the east Mediterranean and the Middle East officially launched Tuesday on the island nation of Cyprus as part of efforts to tackle climate change across the vulnerable region. The 30 million-euro ($33 million) project is...