Tag: Cyprus Talks

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“Time for the international community to think outside the box on Cyprus”, says Ambassador Ümit Yalçın

Turkey’s ambassador to London Ümit Yalçın has found himself in the midst of some of the most intensive political traffic between Turkey and the United Kingdom in decades. After spending two years as the Undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the experienced diplomat arrived in the British capital late in 2018 to find […]

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‘Greek bias’ costs EU observer role at upcoming Cyprus Talks

Josep Borrell’s visit to the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus on Friday didn’t generate the results he was hoping for, after the Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar rebuffed his efforts for the European Union to attend as observers at the upcoming Cyprus summit. President Tatar issued a statement following his 5 March meeting with the […]

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UN to host informal talks about the future of Cyprus in Geneva in April

The United Nations has confirmed the date and location for an informal meeting to discuss the future of the island of Cyprus. Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, and the island’s three Guarantor Powers, Britain, Turkey and Greece, will meet in Geneva between 27 and 29 April 2021. “The purpose of the meeting will be to […]

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Does the UK have a new plan for solving the Cyprus dispute?

Earlier this month, a ‘Cyprus plan’ started to appear in a variety of publications in Cyprus, including Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Düzen. The high level ‘7-point plan’ outlines a confederal solution loosely based on the Belgian model for Cyprus, has been attributed to the United Kingdom (UK) – one of Cyprus’ thee Guarantor Powers, with […]

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“Labour only cares about Greek Cypriots” – UK Turkish Cypriots blast Shadow Ministers’ letter to Foreign Secretary

Labour stands accused of “anti-Turkish bias” after a letter about Cyprus sent by Shadow Ministers Fabian Hamilton and Catherine West to Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, used offensive language and failed to incorporate Turkish Cypriot views. Hamilton, the Shadow Minister for Peace & Disarmament, and West, the Shadow Minister for Europe and the Americas, incensed […]

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Two state solution raised during first meeting between Cypriot leaders Ersin Tatar and Nicos Anastasiades

On Tuesday evening Ersin Tatar, the newly elected president of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC), met his South Cyprus counterpart Nicos Anastasiades for the first time. The meeting was arranged by Elizabeth Spehar, the United Nations Special Representative and Deputy Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus. Ms Spehar hosted the two political […]

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UN Secretary General and two Cypriot leaders agree to reconvene talks

António Guterres has announced he is ready to restart the Cyprus Talks. A statement released late on Monday evening by the United Nations said the Secretary General will “extend his efforts” to initiate “results-oriented negotiations” to resolve the long-standing Cyprus Problem. The news follows a day of informal talks at Hotel Adlon Kempiski in Berlin […]

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North Cyprus PM accuses Akıncı of electioneering over Berlin meeting with Greek Cypriot leader

The Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has accused its President, Mustafa Akıncı, of electioneering after his decision to agree to a meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Berlin in November. Ersin Tatar said that Mr Akıncı, whose current five-year term ends next […]

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No way out? 15 years after Greek Cypriot voters dashed Cyprus unification hopes, why TRNC recognition is becoming the ‘default’ position

On 24 April, 2004, Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of uniting the island of Cyprus in historic referendums on what was dubbed the ‘Annan Plan’. But the United Nations blueprint for a federal solution remained just that after Greek Cypriots overwhelmingly rejected it – and were rewarded with European Union membership days later. In the […]