Cyprus

Country Cyprus
Capital Nicosia
Continent Europe
Currency Euro(EUR)
Languages Greek, Turkish, Armenian, Cypriot Arabic, Cypriot Greek & English

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A former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capital of Nicosia. Despite the deployment of UN peacekeepers in 1964, sporadic intercommunal violence continued forcing most Turkish Cypriots into enclaves throughout the island. In 1974, a Greek Government-sponsored attempt to seize control of Cyprus was met by military intervention from Turkey, which soon controlled more than a third of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot-occupied area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), but it is recognized only by Turkey. The election of a new Cypriot president in 2008 served as the impetus for the UN to encourage both the Turkish and Cypriot Governments to reopen unification negotiations. In September 2008, the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities started negotiations under UN auspices aimed at reuniting the divided island. The entire island entered the EU on 1 May 2004, although the EU acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - applies only to the areas under the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot Government, and is suspended in the areas administered by Turkish Cypriots. However, individual Turkish Cypriots able to document their eligibility for Republic of Cyprus citizenship legally enjoy the same rights accorded to other citizens of European Union states.

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Cyprus - CIA World Fact Book
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Turkey-Greece-Cyprus dispute over Mediterranean hydrocarbons risks disruption to shipping routes and localised ... - IHS Jane's 360

Turkey-Greece-Cyprus dispute over Mediterranean hydrocarbons risks disruption to shipping routes and localised ...
IHS Jane's 360
Stand-offs between the navies of the rival countries could well extend to warning shots being fired, particularly within Cyprus's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), with hotspots likely to be Block 6 and subsequently Block 3. An escalation involving ...



Prospects for early resumption of Cyprus peace talks receive a boost ... - Xinhua

Prospects for early resumption of Cyprus peace talks receive a boost ...
Xinhua
NICOSIA, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Prospects for an early resumption of the stalled Cyprus peace talks received a boost on Friday when center-left Turkish Cypriot parties agreed to form a coalition administration for their breakaway so-called state following ...

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Cyprus lags on environmental protection - Cyprus Mail - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Cyprus lags on environmental protection - Cyprus Mail
Cyprus Mail
Cyprus has still a lot way to go on environmental protection, especially with regard to its EU goals, Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou said on Friday. The commissioner delivered to President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday a report on the ...
Last polls confirm commanding position of Cyprus outgoing presidentXinhua

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Paphos still has the music bug - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Paphos still has the music bug
Cyprus Mail
In 1997 he won third prize at the George Enescu Childhood Memories contest in Bucharest. During his university studies he played in the Radio Chamber Orchestra, Philarmonia Chamber Orchestra and in Bucharest Opera, but he mainly performed in the George ...



Cut internet cables slow down service (Updated) - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Cut internet cables slow down service (Updated)
Cyprus Mail
Some internet users in Cyprus were faced with slower internet on Friday after two underground cables were cut a day earlier. Providers were quick to move towards fixing the problem when the Alexander and Hawk cable systems were cut. “This is a severe ...



Bad weather causes rockslides in Paphos area (Update 1) - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Bad weather causes rockslides in Paphos area (Update 1)
Cyprus Mail
... Prodromos, Prodromos – Platres, Prodromos – Lemithou, Pedhoulas – Pinewood – Kakopetria, Moutoulas – Pedhoulas and Kykkos – Kampos. Drivers are urged to drive at low speeds, keep their headlights on and maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead ...



Aegean Cyprus Amateur Men's National Golf Championship - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Aegean Cyprus Amateur Men's National Golf Championship
Cyprus Mail
The Aegean Cyprus Amateur Men's National Championship was staged at Secret Valley Golf Club over 36 holes on the weekend of 13-14 January, 2018, promoted and organised by the Cyprus Golf Federation (CGF). Although the number of players participating ...



Cyprus house price index falls 0.3 per cent - Cyprus Property News Magazine

Cyprus Property News Magazine

Cyprus house price index falls 0.3 per cent
Cyprus Property News Magazine
Comments considered to be potentially libellous and those containing racist, vulgar, derogatory, discriminatory or offensive language, personal attacks or advertising will be rejected. Comments must not harass, abuse, or threaten another's personal ...



Greece, Cyprus, Jordan heads of state agree renewable energy package - New Europe

Greece, Cyprus, Jordan heads of state agree renewable energy package
New Europe
A tripartite “historical” meeting among the heads of government of Greece, Cyprus and Jordan in Nicosia on January 16 strengthened relations between the three countries and paved the way for political and economic cooperation, including energy. “The ...



Limassol communities threaten to stop paying electricity bills over frequent cuts - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Limassol communities threaten to stop paying electricity bills over frequent cuts
Cyprus Mail
The community has been inconvenienced by this for many years,” Prodromou told the Cyprus Mail. On Thursday and last Saturday, the area went without electricity for around five hours each time, he said. “They will force us to stop paying our electricity ...