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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Revealed: ExxonMobil's private dinner with Cyprus' top EU brass - EUobserver

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Revealed: ExxonMobil's private dinner with Cyprus' top EU brass
EUobserver
Oil and gas firm ExxonMobil recently hosted Cypriot MEPs, Cyprus' highest EU diplomat and EU commissioner Christos Stylianides at a dinner in a private club in Brussels, to inform them about its offshore drilling plans near Cyprus. However, no record ...



Our View: Cyprus' fears over migrant scheme are justified - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Our View: Cyprus' fears over migrant scheme are justified
Cyprus Mail
GOVERNMENT reservations over Cyprus being included among EU member-states where processing centres for refugees and migrants arriving on Union soil would operate are perfectly understandable. It could make the island, which already has more than ...



Call for talks to resume as parties mark August 14 invasion - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Call for talks to resume as parties mark August 14 invasion
Cyprus Mail
Political parties on Monday condemned the second phase of the Turkish invasion which will be commemorated on Tuesday, and called for a resumption of Cyprus talks. August 14 marks the 44th anniversary of the second phase, during which Turkish troops ...



Economy grows 3.9 per cent in Q2 – flash estimate - Cyprus Mail

Economy grows 3.9 per cent in Q2 – flash estimate
Cyprus Mail
Cyprus' economy grew 3.9 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of the year, according to a flash estimate published by the statistical service on Tuesday. Based on seasonally and working day adjusted data, GDP the growth rate in real terms is ...



EU plans golden visa crackdown (Updated) - Cyprus Mail - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

EU plans golden visa crackdown (Updated) - Cyprus Mail
Cyprus Mail
Brussels is planning to crack down on EU countries including Cyprus that award citizenships to rich third-country nationals amid growing concerns over dirty ...

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Fisheries department calls on public not to harass turtles - Cyprus Mail

Fisheries department calls on public not to harass turtles
Cyprus Mail
The fisheries department on Tuesday pleaded with the public not to harass turtles when they're diving following a recent incident, they said. The department condemned the incident where a group of divers were reported for harassing a turtle underwater.



Lifting the US arms embargo on Cyprus | Comment | ekathimerini.com - www.ekathimerini.com

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Lifting the US arms embargo on Cyprus | Comment | ekathimerini.com
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The impending prospect of the US arms embargo on Cyprus being lifted is potentially more important for America than it is for Cyprus.

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Find some culture during a summer in the city - Cyprus Mail

Find some culture during a summer in the city
Cyprus Mail
Yes, we're the business centre of Cyprus, we're the seat of government, and the capital city (plus we have IKEA!) but in Nicosia we're missing something crucial. The sea. And come summer, there's hardly a resident around who doesn't wish they lived ...



Mavroyiannis issues sobering message over Cyprus settlement - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Mavroyiannis issues sobering message over Cyprus settlement
Cyprus Mail
Mavroyiannis reiterated comments he made recently that the current situation as regards Cyprus talks marks the end of an era in terms of it being the last chance for a solution based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation. “The features that formed this ...



Woman arrested for forgery - Cyprus Mail

Cyprus Mail

Woman arrested for forgery
Cyprus Mail
... the ID card was fake. The 38-year-old woman was found in the hotel she worked at and discovered to be a Georgian national. The woman in question was arrested and admitted that she had bought the Greek ID card from an unknown individual in Cyprus.