Author: Eltan Halil

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Akıncı ‘dismayed’ by Greek Cypriot rejection of gas and oil cooperation offer

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mustafa Akıncı has expressed his “regret” and “dismay” after Greek Cypriot political party leaders rejected his offer to work together to exploit potential offshore energy resources by claiming that a solution to the Cyprus problem must come first. Mr Akıncı accused the Greek Cypriot side of acting in […]

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No change to UK travel advice following North Cyprus ‘stray missile’ strike

The British government is not making changes to its travel advice for Cyprus “at this stage” after a suspected surface-to-air missile blew up over the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), a spokesperson has told T-VINE. “We continue to work locally to verify the circumstances surrounding the recent incident,” a spokesperson for the Foreign and […]

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US senators’ bid to lift arms embargo on Greek Cypriots, threaten Turkey, passes Congress hurdle – but with new Russian strings attached

A bill calling on the American government to lift a decades-old arms embargo on the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus has passed a legislative hurdle – but only after an amendment was added making such a move conditional on denying the Russian navy access to the island’s ports. The Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations voted […]

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Met Police chiefs accused of double standards over North Cyprus flag apology

Turkish Cypriots in the UK and abroad have condemned the Met police’s decision to apologise to a London-based Greek Cypriot lobby group after officers displayed the flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) at a festival last year. Groups representing the community have lambasted Metropolitan Police Service chiefs after it emerged that they […]

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Minister’s ‘ghost town’ announcement spooks Greek Cypriots

Controversial new moves that could lead to the reopening of the ‘ghost town’ of Maraş in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have been announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay, spooking Greek Cypriot officials. A group of experts are to be sent in to conduct a “scientific inventory” […]

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Turkish Cypriots hail Green Line murder suspect swap 

Leading politicians in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have hailed an exchange of murder suspects with the Greek Cypriot South. United Nations peacekeepers, acting as go-betweens, handed over Pakistani citizen Muhammad Salman to TRNC police, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay (pictured above, right) announced on Thursday, 13 June. […]