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Conference on Reunification of Cyprus Seen as Symbol of Hope
GENEVA � An international conference on the reunification of Cyprus has opened with a sense of “cautious optimism” that an agreement, which has eluded the divided Mediterranean island for more than four decades, can finally be achieved.
Newly appointed U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres joined Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Geneva on Thursday in an effort to reach a deal.
“It is my hope that there will be a breakthrough and I think that is what the people of Cyprus deserve, and I think that it is also what the world needs today, Guterres said. We are facing so many situations of disaster. We badly need a symbol of hope. I strongly believe that Cyprus can be the symbol of hope at the beginning of 2017 in the world.”
Guterres, however, lowered expectations of a quick fix.
“You cannot expect miracles or immediate solutions. We are not looking for a quick fix. We are looking for a solid and sustainable solution for the Republic of Cyprus and for the communities of the Republic of Cyprus,” he told reporters during a break in the talks.
The top diplomats from Britain, Greece and Turkey joined the U.N.-hosted talks, marking the first time they have discussed security issues with the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders. Security guarantees are a crucial element in ensuring a peaceful, stable settlement.
Guterres said many proposals were offered Thursday, including ones that address the central questions that have been holding up a final agreement for so many years � territory, property rights and relations with the European Union.
“Enormous progress was made in all those dossiers, he said. So, we are coming very close to what is the settlement in relation to the creation of a bi-zonal, bi-community federal institution in the Republic of Cyprus. We are coming very close to it.”
Another difficult issue is Turkey’s demand that it be allowed to keep Turkish troops on Cyprus, which Greek Cypriots regard as a threat.
But in an unprecedented sign of major progress, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders exchanged maps Wednesday showing proposed borders including land the Turkish side has agreed to give back to the Greek side.
Cyprus has been split between a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when Turkish forces invaded the island after a military coup aimed at reunifying Cyprus with Greece.
Only Turkey recognizes a separate Turkish Cypriot government.
The U.N. hopes to create a single Cypriot nation that would become a full European Union member. Only the Greek Cypriot south enjoys EU benefits.
Guterres says he expects talks to resume next week, adding that any agreement must be ratified through a referendum by the divided Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities before reunification becomes a reality.
Source: Voice of America
Remarks by the Government Spokesman about the submission of maps in Geneva
Maps on the issue of Territory were exchanged last night, 11 January, in Geneva by the leaders of the two communities, in the context of the talks on the Cyprus problem.In remarks to reporters late at night, at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the Govern…
The Conference on Cyprus takes place at the UN Headquarters in Geneva
The Conference on Cyprus, under the auspices of the United Nations, commenced today at the UN Headquarters, Palais des Nations, in Geneva, in the presence of the UN Secretary General Mr Antonio Guterres, with the participation of the President of the Republic and leader of the Greek Cypriot community, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr Mustafa Akinci, the three guarantor powers �Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom- represented by their respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and in the presence of the President of the European Commission, Mr Jean Claude Juncker, and the High Representative of the EU for External and Security Policy, Mrs Federica Mogherini.
Earlier today the President of the Republic had a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Greece, Mr Nikos Kotzias, followed later on by a meeting with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, Mr Boris Johnson, at the UN Headquarters.
Subsequently, the President of the Republic met with the UN Secretary General and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community.
The meeting was followed by the Conference on Cyprus, which commenced at 11.30pm (local Swiss time).
Source: Press and Information Office
Remarks by the Government Spokesman about the Conference on Cyprus, Geneva
Today is a historic day for the Cyprus problem, said the Government Spokesman Mr. Nikos Christodoulides.In his remarks to reporters today, on the sidelines of the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva, the Spokesman said that today is a historic day for the C…
3 Key Foreign Ministers Join Talks Aiming to Reunify Cyprus
GENEVA � The top diplomats from Britain, Greece and Turkey on Thursday joined U.N.-hosted talks aiming to reunify long-divided Cyprus, as the negotiators tackle crucial security issues for the east Mediterranean island where tens of thousands of Turkish troops are stationed in the breakaway north.
The arrival of Foreign Ministers Boris Johnson of Britain, Nikos Kotzias of Greece and Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey means years of efforts to reunify Cyprus have reached high-level diplomacy, tackling security issues for the first time. Security is pivotal to any deal to end the 43-year split because it strikes at the heart of fears among both Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
The ministers were hoping to make progress that could pave the way for their prime ministers to join, a possible signal that a wide-ranging accord also involving issues like governance, property and territory could be on tap. Britain is a former colonial overseer in Cyprus, and today operates two military bases on the island.
“The prime minister will travel to Geneva if there are signs that a resolution is achievable,” Greek government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos told reporters in Athens, referring to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. A spokesman for Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said he, too, was waiting for signs of progress from the foreign ministers.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres were also participating in the talks. Guterres was expected to speak to reporters later Thursday.
Turkey stationed some 35,000 troops in the breakaway north following the 1974 coup by Greek Cypriots hoping to unify Cyprus with Greece. The minority Turkish Cypriots see Turkey’s military might as their sole insurance against any Greek Cypriot hostility if a peace deal unravels, and insist on keeping the troops as part of a final accord.
Greek Cypriots consider a Turkish troop presence as a threat and an instrument of Ankara’s influence on the island. They insist that Turkey, which is not a European Union member state, should neither keep troops on the island nor have the right to intervene militarily in Cyprus, which is part of the 28-country EU bloc.
Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anasastaides and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been leading a string of delicate, closed-door meetings in Geneva since Monday to iron out a host of outstanding issues. U.N. envoy for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said Wednesday that progress has been made on a number of fronts, but that work remained.
The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities exchanged maps Wednesday outlining the zones that each community would control in a hoped-for federation, before the maps were placed in U.N. vault for safekeeping � a sign of the delicate nature of the proposals to both sides.
Neither Anasastaides nor Akinci have spoken publicly to reporters about the talks since Monday.
Source: Voice of America
Students of FL & EPS Carry Out Social A Series of Responsibility Projects
Taking place under the coordination of Eastern Mediterranean University Foreign Languages and English Preparatory School Civic Involvement Projects organiser, academic staff member Mehsen Ercanlar and with the support of academic staff members Bahar Avsar and Almira Dykhanova, a project titled ‘Give A Book Give A Life’ was carried out by students of the FL & EPS.
As part of the project, participating instructors and students first visited Deniz Plaza Nicosia branch, where they were warmly welcomed by staff and directors of the said place. During their visit, students explained the aim of the project and asked for the support of Deniz Plaza. The visiting group then left the said venue and paid two more visits to Isik Bookshop and Rustem Bookshop. As a result of their visit to the said venues, students received book donations as support for their project. Upon finishing the visits, students visited Great Inn and spent the rest of the day in a nice, historical atmosphere.
Students of the FL & EPS and Cancer Patients’ Aid Association official Yildiz Yaman then carried out a book sale activity which aimed to raise funds for the said association. During the event which took place on Famagusta Salamis Road, books donated by the said bookshops were put on sale. Funds raised after the campaign were donated to the said association.
A second project by the same school was also carried out under the organisation of academic staff member Mehsen Ercanlar and the support of academic staff members Aysa Lama and Huseyin Demirel. Titled ‘Cittaslow Experience’, the project involved visits of observation to Mehmetcik, Bafra and Cayirova villages. During the visit to Mehmetcik, Mayor Cemil Saricizmeli provided information for students and responded to their questions.
Source: Eastern Mediterranean University
Cyprus: A Historic Venue of Big Power Intrigues
LONDON � Cyprus, a small, divided island nation in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, has played an outsized role throughout history because of its status as a jewel coveted by much bigger powers.
Its strategic location between three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia – has made it a prize, economically and politically.
Reunification talks on the island are at a critical juncture, with top officials from Britain, Greece, and Turkey joining the meeting in Geneva on Thursday to tackle the thorny issue of security.
Here’s a look at Cyprus through the ages:
Cyprus in antiquity
In ancient times, Cyprus’ location guaranteed it a role in flourishing trade routes.
Alexander the Great in 333 B.C. captured the island as part of his campaign against the Persians. As the supposed birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, Cyprus also gained cult status in the Hellenic world.
The Romans invaded in 58 B.C. and held onto Cyprus for nearly five centuries, interrupted by a short period under Cleopatra of Egypt. Roman rule brought stability and the economy flourished.
When the Roman empire split in two at the end of the 4th century, Cyprus was part of the Byzantine empire and a more chaotic era began.
Cyprus and the Crusades
From the middle of the 7th century, Cyprus suffered wave after wave of Arab raids before the Byzantine emperor re-established a firm grip toward the end of the millennium.
In the 12th century, Cyprus was embroiled in the Crusades, becoming a launching pad for Christian armies aiming to reclaim the Holy Lands, including those from England’s King Richard I.
He eventually sold the island to fellow crusader Guy of Lusignan, the displaced king of Jerusalem, in 1192.
The Lusignan dynasty lasted for three centuries and marked a period of prosperity, with the island’s elites profiting from growing trade with Venice and Genoa. Average Cypriots, however, chafed under these feudal times.
A Venetian power base
In 1489, the commercially minded Venetians took control of Cyprus.
They maintained the unpopular feudal system as they used the island as a defensive military base against the rising power of the Ottoman Empire, which had already captured Constantinople, the Byzantine capital.
The Venetians’ struggle to prevent the Turks from attacking the island forms the backdrop to “Othello,” one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.
Cyprus was eventually conquered by the Ottomans in 1571 after the Venetian chief Marcantonio Bragadin was captured and flayed alive in the port of Famagusta.
Turkish rule would remain for about three centuries.
The age of the Sultans
Turkish influence in Cyprus has had long-term repercussions to this day.
Although the Ottomans engaged with the island’s Christian Orthodox representatives, its era of dominance was largely one of stagnation.
In the early part of the 19th century, the Greek independence movement started inspiring the island’s ethnic Greek majority.
Reprisals against Greek rebels and those accused of conspiring with them fed a growing desire for union with modern Greece.
Cyprus and the British empire
As the Ottoman empire faced a raft of nationalist movements, the British saw their chance to gain a foothold in Cyprus.
In 1878, the British took control of the island in exchange for military aid in the Ottomans’ fight with Russia.
Britain then annexed Cyprus at the start of World War I when the Ottomans sided with Germany. The island helped defend Britain’s crucial trade routes to India and safeguard its interests in the Middle East.
Britain transformed Cyprus, introducing its legal code and customs like driving on the left side of the road. But as the years went by, local calls for union with Greece kept growing.
A guerrilla campaign forced Britain out and Cyprus became independent in 1960.
Modern Greece and Turkey
Independence didn’t make things quieter in Cyprus, though Britain, Greece and Turkey as so-called ‘guarantor’ powers were meant to keep the peace.
By 1963, the acrimony between pro-union Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots had turned to violence.
The following year the United Nations arrived to keep the peace.
More than 50 years later, they’re still there, mainly patrolling the “Green Line” buffer zone.
Cyprus split into an internationally recognized, Greek-speaking south and a breakaway Turkish-speaking north in 1974 – after Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.
Tens of thousands became refugees. A series of attempts to reunify the island have ended in failure, most notably in 2004 when Greek Cypriots voted against a proposed peace deal.
The next referendum in Cyprus
Negotiators hope to make enough progress this week that the island’s two sides vote this year on reunification.
Making sure there’s no repeat of the events of 1974 will be central to any success.
Greek Cypriots say enough territory must be returned to their control but Turkish Cypriots want to limit the amount, for telling their people to leave what they have considered home for decades is unlikely to go down well.
It’s a fine balance that Britain, Greece and Turkey as well as the domestic Cyprus communities have to tread.
Source: Voice of America
New USD 250M Kuang-Chi GCI Fund Focuses on Israel Tech Opportunities
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TUV Rheinland and OpenSky: “Your industrial process isn’t safe if it’s not secure”
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