NICOSIA (Reuters) – Greek Cypriots unveiled measures on Tuesday to boost trust across the ethnically divided island, and announced that rival leaders would hold their first meeting in months on May 2.
Peace talks between Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish communities stalled last October, and Saturday’s meeting will be the first since moderate Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci swept to power in elections on April 26.
FRANKFURT/NICOSIA, April 28 (Reuters) – Cyprus is ready to
react to any spillover from the crisis in Greece, the governor
of the island’s central bank said on Tuesday, adding the two
countries were decoupling in the eyes of international markets.
Chrystalla Georghadji’s written remarks, sent on Tuesday in
response to questions from Reuters, underline concerns among
Cypriot policymakers amid heightened uncertainty over Greece’s
future in the euro zone.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Greek Cypriots welcomed the election of a moderate Turkish Cypriot leader in northern Cyprus on Monday, saying they anticipated a swift resumption of stalled peace talks.
Turkish Cypriot independent Mustafa Akinci swept to victory in presidential elections on Sunday, clinching 60.5 percent of the vote over incumbent conservative Dervis Eroglu. Akinci has pledged to push for a peace deal with Greek Cypriots.
AKROTIRI, Cyprus (Reuters) – An extremely rare black flamingo has been spotted on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, exciting nature lovers who said it may be the only bird of its type ever seen.
The flamingo, seen on the banks of a salt lake on Wednesday morning, is thought to have a genetic condition known as melanism, which causes it to generate more of the pigment melanin, turning it dark, rather than the usual pink color.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – A U.N. envoy for ethnically split Cyprus said on Tuesday he expected stalled peace talks to resume “within weeks”, following a six-month suspension in a dispute over offshore gas reserves.
Norwegian diplomat Espen Barth Eide said he had met Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders earlier on Tuesday, and they both agreed the “circumstances were now right” for the resumption of negotiations.
NICOSIA, April 6 (Reuters) – Cyprus freed capital flows on
Monday, ending two years of controls that set an unwanted
precedent for the euro zone at the height of the bloc’s debt
The Mediterranean nation became the first and, to date, the
only euro zone member to impose controls, acting to stem a
flight of capital from its banks in March 2013.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus will lift all capital controls on Monday and President Nicos Anastasiades voiced confidence that its banking system, forced into a chaotic bailout in 2013, is now immune to the crisis in neighboring Greece.
The Mediterranean island nation became the first and, to date, the only euro zone country to impose capital controls, when its banking system imploded in 2013 and depositors pulled out their funds.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Turkish Cypriot football officials on Monday vowed to press ahead with attempts to reunite with the Cyprus Football Association, (CFA), triggering a political storm on the ethnically-split island.
In a controversy running to the heart of the highly-charged division of Cyprus, the Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CTFA) told football governing body FIFA on Monday they had launched a process to eventually become a member of the Greek Cypriot CFA.
NICOSIA, March 30 (Reuters) – Turkish Cypriot soccer officials on Monday vowed to press ahead with attempts to reunite with the Cyprus Football Association, (CFA), triggering a political storm on the ethnically-split island.
In a controversy running to the heart of the highly-charged division of Cyprus, the Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CTFA) told soccer governing body FIFA on Monday they had launched a process to eventually become a member of the Greek Cypriot CFA.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cypriot politicians called on the central bank governor on Friday to resign, accusing her of a conflict of interest, days after a media leak, which many believe came from the central bank, listed members of parliament who owe millions in loan arrears.
Central Bank Governor Chrystalla Georghadji has been fending off accusations for weeks about her estranged husband’s role in a legal dispute about a bank forced to wind down as part of Cyprus’s 2013 financial bailout.