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Turkey Proposes Alternatives be Sought for Cyprus Peace Deal

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said the reunification of Cyprus as a federation may not be possible with the current approach of Greek Cypriots and suggested that the two sides should seek alternative ways to resolve the division...

No Drilling for Gas in Cyprus without Consent of Turkish-Cypriots, Erdogan says

There will be no gas drilling in Cyprus' waters without the consent of the Turkish- Cypriot side, said Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday. "Without the consent of the" Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus "and Turkey, no steps can...

New Dictionary Reveals Common Words in Turkish, Greek-Cypriot Dialects

Although Turkish and Greek Cypriots remain divided by language, a new 3,500-entry dictionary launched this week promises to uncover common words and phrases shared by the island’s two communities. Backed by the Cypriot government, the new dictionary promises to grab...

Turkish-Cypriots "Joint Owners", not Minority, Erdogan Says in Interview

Just days after his controversial statements about Greece - Turkey relations during his official visit to Athens, the Turkish president made another provocative statement about the Cyprus reunification process. Turkish-Cypriots are "joint owners" of the divided island of Cyprus, Recep...

Turkish-Cypriot "Foreign Minister" Rules Out a Potential Island Federation

A federation including both the Greek and the Turkish side on the island of Cyprus is impossible, the foreign minister of the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said on Friday. In a news conference held in Nicosia, Tahsin...

Cyprus Maronites Allowed to Return to the Occupied North

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci announced on Wednesday that a decision had been made to allow Maronites to return to all their villages in the north of the island. Akinci’s office said it is working with other civil and military...

Turkish Cypriots and Ankara Examine Scenarios for Closed City of Famagusta

The Turkish Cypriot side and Ankara are studying various scenarios for the future of Varosha and the closed city of Famagusta, a Kathimerini newspaper report says. Turkish and Turkish Cypriot plans provide for the opening of Varosha under Turkish Cypriot leadership. Along...

Erdogan Sends Provocative Message on Anniversary of Turkish Invasion to Cyprus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday spoke about the "plights" and "suffering" of the Turkish Cypriot people on the 43rd anniversary of Turkey's invasion to Cyprus. Erdogan sent a message of congratulations to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on...

Turkey's Foreign Minister: Removal of Turkish Troops From Cyprus 'a Dream"

The removal of Turkish troops from northern Cyprus is "a Greek Cypriots' dream," said Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday. Cavusoglu spoke on the sidelines of the second day of the U.N.-sponsored peace talks between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots...

Greek and Turkish Cypriots are Close Genetically, Study Says

Greek and Turkish Cypriots have a lot in common genetically, says a DNA study presented in scientific journal Plos One. "Despite historical records on the origins of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the genetic ancestry of the two communities has...