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May 11, 2015

Cyprus talks resume, ‘unique opportunity’ seen: UN envoy

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Leaders of ethnically split Cyprus agreed on Monday to restart peace talks on May 15, a U.N. envoy said on Monday, offering fresh hope of healing one of Europe’s most enduring frozen conflicts.

Espen Barth Eide was speaking to media after a meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. It was their first encounter since Akinci, a moderate leftist, swept to victory in a Turkish Cypriot leadership election on April 26.

May 6, 2015

To protect carob groves, Cyprus recruits owls and snakes

ANOGYRA, Cyprus May 6 (Reuters) – Barn owls and black snakes
are being enlisted in Cyprus to protect carob trees, known on
the Mediterranean island since antiquity and once a flourishing
export but now threatened by urbanisation and rats.

Since April, conservationists at centuries-old groves near
the island’s southern coast have been laying barn-owl nests and
planning reptile nests, primarily for the non-poisonous black
snake. They want to swap poison for natural predators to keep
rat populations in check and prevent damage to the trees.

Apr 28, 2015

Greek, Turkish Cypriot leaders to kick start peace talks

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.

Apr 28, 2015

Cyprus Central bank head says ready to act if Greece spills over

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.

Apr 27, 2015

Greek Cypriots say welcome election of Turk Cypriot moderate

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.

Apr 9, 2015

Black flamingo, possibly unique, spotted in Cyprus

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.

Apr 7, 2015

U.N. Cyprus envoy says sees no obstacle to new peace talks

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.

Apr 6, 2015

Cyprus lets euro zone’s first capital controls go quietly

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
crisis.

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.

Apr 3, 2015

Cyprus to lift all capital controls on Monday: President Anastasiades

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.

Mar 30, 2015

Cyprus football officials determined to unify despite protest

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.