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Turkey's AKP to Cyprus, Greece: 'Refrain From Actions Against Fatih'

In a warning issued on Wednesday, Ömer Çelik, the spokesman of Turkey's ruling AKP party stated that Greece and Cyprus should refrain from taking any actions against the drilling vessel "Fatih" (Conqueror) in the eastern Mediterranean. Çelik added that Turkey's natural...

Cyprus Government Rebukes Turkish Officials' Statements Over Peace Talks

Public statements by Turkish officials to the effect that the Cyprus peace talks have ended are nothing more than proof of Turkey’s objective to legalise its illegal actions on the island, the government said on Friday. In a written statement...

Turkish Minister Challenges Sovereignty of Greek Island

Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs Omer Celik on Tuesday challenged Greece's sovereign territories saying that Agathonisi island belongs to Turkey. According to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Celik said that Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos is not a serious politician. "We...

The EU and Turkey Have Common Interest in Resolving the Cyprus Issue, Mogherini Says

The European Union and Turkey have a common interest in seeing the Cyprus issue solved, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has said. She also pointed out that there is a window of more than...

Istanbul’s Greeks Demand Citizenship Restoration

The Greek population of Istanbul, which was rather forced to leave Turkey because of the sociopolitical situation, is now asking for its citizenship rights’ restoration, Sunday’s Zaman reported. Greeks in İstanbul, known as Rums (Turkey’s Greeks), are finally given the...

Boutaris Gets Turkey’s Thanks On Heritage

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Omer Celik met with Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, in Ankara and thanked him for his sensitivity over the protection of Turkish and Ottoman artifacts in Thessaloniki. Boutaris told Turkish reporters about the construction of...