Global News Journal

Turkey’s EU bid meets another Cyprus roadblock

April 16, 2010

Negotiating Turkey’s accession to the European Union hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. But it may be about to get tougher still.

Cyprus reunification talks – drowned out by shouting?

June 16, 2009

After months of Cyprus reunification talks, what comes out of the negotiating room more often than anything else, is shouting.

Can Cyprus “comrades” clinch a deal?

September 3, 2008

The leaders of Cyprus’s Greek and Turkish communities sipped coffee and called each other “comrade” as they launched a new round of talks on reuniting the island, whose 34-year division has exasperated the most committed of mediators.     
 Cypriot President Christofias shakes hands with Turkish Cypriot President Ali Talat during a news conference after their meeting in Nicosia                            
This time, foreign diplomats and analysts say, a solution is in sight, thanks largely to the two moderate, leftist men heading the negotiations – Greek Cypriot Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot Mehmet Ali Talat.

The Cyprus street opening which almost never was

April 3, 2008

U.N. soldier walks towards Ledra Street  In Cyprus, stepping out of line can be a deal breaker.
Ahead of Thursday’s dismantling of a symbol of the island’s division, it almost ended in disaster.
Balloons were released into the air, champagne corks popped and there were smiles all around when both sides opened the gates to a flood of human traffic at Ledra Street.