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2007-11-16 15:00:25

By PETROS KARADJIAS and DEREK GATOPOULOS VARISEIA, Cyprus - No one has lived in this hillside village for 33 years. Nestled in the no man's land dividing Cyprus between its Greek Cypriot south and Turkish Cypriot north, it has been abandoned to the elements and its stone walls are crumbling. But the village and the surrounding areas are teeming with life: Once-endangered animals have moved into the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone, turning it into an unexpected wildlife sanctuary. The...

2006-09-04 07:22:31

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) - A film about forbidden love in Cyprus has stirred passions on the ethnically partitioned island, with its showing at the Venice Film Festival this week embroiled in a row over funding. Citing a contractual breach in a sponsorship deal, the Cypriot government has withheld funds for the 123-minute movie "Akamas" due to be screened in Venice on Saturday. Its director says the move smacks of political censorship -- which the government denies --...

2006-07-07 05:03:29

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will meet on Saturday in the presence of a United Nations envoy for the second time this week to explore ways of resuming stalled reunification talks, officials said on Friday. "A proposal for a meeting has been agreed. The idea is really to find ways of moving forward," said Ibrahim Gambari, U.N. under-secretary general for political affairs presently in Cyprus. On Monday Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met Greek Cypriot...

2006-06-12 03:53:25

Corrects spelling of Cypriot minister's name to Iacovou in paragraph 6. LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers faced a showdown with new member Cyprus on Monday over Turkey's bid to join the bloc, with Nicosia threatening to block the talks even before they start in earnest. Turkey is due to conclude negotiations on the first and easiest of 35 detailed policy areas -- science and research -- but Cyprus is insisting that Ankara first be reminded of its obligation to...

2006-06-12 04:01:26

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers faced a showdown with new member Cyprus on Monday over Turkey's bid to join the bloc, with Nicosia threatening to block the talks even before they start in earnest. Turkey is due to conclude negotiations on the first and easiest of 35 detailed policy areas -- science and research -- but Cyprus is insisting that Ankara first be reminded of its obligation to recognize and normalize relations with Nicosia. Cyprus is threatening to...

2006-06-12 03:20:14

By Paul Taylor LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers faced a showdown with new member Cyprus on Monday over Turkey's bid to join the bloc, with Nicosia threatening to block the talks even before they start in earnest. Turkey is due to conclude negotiations on the first and easiest of 35 detailed policy areas -- science and research -- but Cyprus is insisting that Ankara first be reminded of its obligation to recognize and normalize relations with Nicosia. Cyprus is...

2006-03-09 08:15:00

By Dina Kyriakidou NICOSIA (Reuters) - After decades of braving insults, harassment and even violence in their efforts to bring rival communities in Cyprus together, peace activists on the divided Mediterranean island finally admit they are demoralized. The failure of a peace plan in a 2004 referendum has left relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots at an all-time low, and international efforts to revive reunification talks seem futile, they say. "We have been through some really hard...

2005-12-22 10:02:54

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey on Thursday to put in place within three months an effective reparations mechanism for Greek Cypriots who were stripped of their possessions in the 1970s. The landmark order followed a ruling by the court in April that property courts in the Turkish-controlled north of the island were invalid as they offered only financial compensation for property lost when the island was divided in 1974. The...

2005-07-27 05:35:21

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed on Wednesday that Turkey would not recognize Cyprus before there was a comprehensive peace settlement on the divided island. Turkey is expected to sign a protocol later this week expanding its customs union with the European Union to 10 new member states including Cyprus, but insists that this will not amount to recognition. The signing is the last obstacle Ankara must clear before opening EU entry talks in October. "There will be...


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  • To talk saucily.
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