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Lord Balfe blasts Britain’s stance on Turkish Cypriots

The UK will not take “even the smallest step” to recognise the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) because of Greek Cypriot threats over the future of the Sovereign Base Areas, a member of the House of Lords has said. Conservative peer Lord Balfe said that the TRNC was “right not to trust” the British […]

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Ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba expected for Cyprus ‘peace’ match

Former international football star Didier Drogba is to attend a match between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots next month, it has been announced. The Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend will be among those in the stands to watch a game between top tier outfits Mağusa Türk Gücü and Nea Salamina, according to local activist Dr […]

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Turkish Cypriots up the ante in offshore drilling rights row

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is close to commencing drilling operations in its quest to discover offshore hydrocarbon reserves – in an area that Greek Cypriots also claim they have exclusive rights to – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay has announced. Dr Özersay said during an interview with Germany’s Deutsche […]

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Furore over Euro Parliament candidate’s ‘Cyprus is Greek’ comment

A Greek Cypriot political party leader was forced to distance himself this week from one of his own European election candidates after she claimed that “Cyprus is Greek”. Averof Neofytou, head of Democratic Rally (DISY), the biggest party in South Cyprus’s parliament, stopped short, however, of apologising or condemning Strasbourg hopeful Eleni Stavrou following a […]

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Queen recognises Turkish Cypriot human rights campaigner

The Queen has given a Turkish Cypriot campaigner a top award for her efforts in tackling human trafficking and modern day slavery. British High Commissioner to Cyprus Stephen Lillie presented Mine Yücel with a Commonwealth Point of Light certificate signed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Commonwealth awards scheme was launched last year as […]

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North Cyprus out of CONIFA 2019 Euros due to “security” concerns

North Cyprus will not compete in this year’s European football tournament for unrecognised states because of safety fears over the choice of venue, T-VINE has learned. The Turkish Cypriot national soccer team had been invited to take part in the 2019 CONIFA (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) European Football Cup, which will take place in […]

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BBC apologises for story branding Turkish Cypriots as ‘thugs’

The BBC has apologised after it sparked outrage by referring to Turkish Cypriots as “thugs” in a story published on its website. The word was used in a news report about the UK’s decision this week to pay £1million in damages to 33 Greek Cypriots who claim they were tortured by the British in the […]

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Legal warning over Cyprus cheese trademark
 

Cheese producers and distributors could end up with a legal battle on their hands if they seek to take advantage of the Greek Cypriot administration’s loss of its “halloumi” trademark in the UK, an expert has warned. T-VINE reported last month how officials in South Cyprus were left red-faced after it emerged that they had […]

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Greece slammed over human rights violation of Turkish minority

Greece has failed to implement a human rights ruling against the closure of Turkish associations, 10 years after it was handed down. The country was slammed by the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe’s statutory decision-making body, over a case relating to the “violations of the right to freedom of association”as set out in […]