NICOSIA (Reuters) – Peace talks resume in divided Cyprus on Tuesday in a fresh attempt to end one of Europe’s most enduring conflicts and a decades-old obstacle to Turkey’s hopes of joining the European Union.
Leaders of the island’s rival Greeks and Turks are due to meet in no-mans-land, at an airport compound in the capital Nicosia that was abandoned in past fighting and is now used as a base for the United Nations peacekeeping force. It will be their first formal encounter for almost 18 months.
LIMASSOL, Cyprus Dec 14 (Reuters) – A Danish-led task force
was being readied in Cyprus on Saturday to remove the first part
of Syria’s deadly chemical stockpile, due before the end of this
Under a deal worked out between the United States and
Russia, Syria will relinquish control of deadly toxins which can
be used to make sarin, VX gas and other lethal agents.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Former president Glafcos Clerides, a conservative who ushered Cyprus into the European Union but failed in efforts to heal the island’s decades-old ethnic partition, died on Friday, his doctor said. He was 94.
Clerides led Cyprus for two consecutive terms from 1993 to 2003, but was inextricably linked with the island’s fraught modern history since its independence from Britain in 1960.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – International lenders to debt-shackled Cyprus said on Thursday the island was making good progress in meeting the terms of its 10-billion-euro bailout programme, but that output would remain stunted by a rising jobless rate and falling incomes.
They also said a recession this year would be less pronounced than expected at 7.7 percent, but next year’s drop in output would be about 1 percentage point higher at 4.8 percent.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – The embattled head of Cyprus’s central bank was plunged into a new controversy on Wednesday after lawyers alleged foreign consultants employed to help with an international bailout of the country earlier this year were seeking fees of nearly 5 million euros.
Lawyers working for the central bank said the consultants were seeking a fee based on a percentage of the amount raised from the recapitalisation of Cypriot banks in a bailout deal last March.
NICOSIA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Cyprus expects to lift almost
all currency controls early next year, although restrictions
will remain on individuals shifting funds out of the country,
Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Monday.
Separately, central bank governor Panicos Demetriades said
the island’s banks were likely to make further losses in 2014 as
the economy worsens and non-performing loans rise, but that the
sector has enough capital to cope.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – The first phase of an EU-backed plan to lay the world’s longest subsea electricity cable could be completed by 2017, project managers said on Thursday.
Some 820 nautical miles of cable making up the EuroAsia Interconnector will link energy-hungry Europe with power generators tapping into vast quantities of natural gas found in the eastern Mediterranean in recent years.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Shattered by an international bailout which stripped it of 80 percent of its turnover, Cyprus’s Stock Exchange is aiming to be a magnet for Chinese firms seeking a foothold in Europe.
Chief Executive Nondas Metaxas told Reuters on Monday that the exchange had listing interest from half a dozen companies with Chinese backers, drawn by the relative ease of rules and tax breaks.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus on Thursday announced tougher 2014 fiscal targets than those set by international lenders, and said a recession on the bailed-out island may not be as deep as initially feared.
The small euro zone country came close to financial collapse in March after a fumbled attempt at economic rescue forced a major bank to shut and deposits were seized at a second lender. It now has a 10 billion euro economic adjustment programme from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.
NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus’s former communist president and his government bear chief blame for the island’s financial meltdown in March after they failed to control spending and behaved in an imperious manner, an independent judicial inquiry said on Monday.
The findings of a three-member panel commissioned by the current center-right government described how fiscal surpluses turned into runaway deficits, unemployment trebled and Cyprus was shut out of international financial markets on the watch of its previous communist rulers, in power from 2008 to early 2013.