Cyprus

Cyprus talks delayed as Turkey resists troop pullout

Turkey will not pull out of Cyprus unless Greece fully reciprocates, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday in Istanbul, after Geneva talks on reuniting the island were adjourned because of the issue.

Greece, Turkey, Britain join historic Cyprus reunification talks

Negotiators from both sides of divided Cyprus were joined Thursday by the chief diplomats from Greece, Turkey and Britain for a historic conference that could define the future of the strategically located Mediterranean island.

UN mediator: Geneva Cyprus talks will not yet result in final deal

Even if negotiators reach a breakthrough on ending the separation of Cyprus this week in Geneva, they will not be able to work out all the details needed for a comprehensive final agreement, UN mediator Espen Barth Eide said on Wednesday.

No breakthrough in sight at Cyprus talks

Negotiators have not been able to move closer to a final deal that would end the separation of Cyprus into a Greek and a Turkish side after 40 years, the Greek Cypriot side said on the second day of talks in Geneva.

Negotiators tackle thorny obstacles on path to reuniting Cyprus

The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus returned to the negotiating table Monday in Geneva to work on the few but divisive issues that stand in the way of an agreement to end the separation of the island after 40 years.

Cyprus peace talks end inconclusively in Switzerland

Two days of peace talks between the leaders of the Greek and Turkish halves of Cyprus ended inconclusively in Switzerland early Tuesday, sources close to the negotiations told dpa.

Leaders of divided Cyprus aim for breakthrough in peace talks

The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus negotiated territorial questions in Switzerland on Monday, tackling one of the last issues that must be solved to create a federal country on the divided island, Cyprus broadcaster RIK reported.

Cypriot leaders agree to further talks after days of negotiations

The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders on Friday agreed to continue UN-backed talks aimed at resolving their decades-long political dispute later this month.

UN chief Ban sees Cyprus solution "within reach" at Swiss talks

The Turkish and Greek halves of Cyprus have come "within reach" of bridging the division of their island after more than 40 years, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Monday at the start of a decisive round of talks in Switzerland.

Cypriot coastguard rescues 84 Syrian refugees

The Cypriot coastguard has rescued 84 Syrian refugees from a boat in distress, a police spokesman told RIK radio on Friday.

Egyptair hijacker to be extradited from Cyprus to Egypt

An Egyptian man accused of hijacking an Egyptair passenger aircraft in March is to be extradited to Egypt, a court in Nicosia ruled on Friday, according to Cypriot state news agency CNA.

Cyprus and Egypt agree to build gas pipeline

Cyprus and Egypt are to build a natural gas pipeline between the two Mediterranean countries, Cypriot media reported on Wednesday.

Greece intercepts sailboat with dozens of migrants in Aegean Sea

The Greek coastguard apprehended 67 refugees, most of them men, aboard a sailboat off the eastern Aegean island of Amorgos on Wednesday.

Conservatives win parliamentary elections in Cyprus

Conservatives won a clear victory in parliamentary elections in the mostly Greek Republic of Cyprus in the southern part of the divided Mediterranean island on Sunday, but saw their support fall amid unpopular austerity measures.

Cyprus: Divided island republic in the European Union

The third largest island in the Mediterranean, Cyprushas been an independent republic since 1960. Since a Greek coup andTurkish military intervention in 1974, the island has been dividedbetween north and south and along ethnic lines.

Greek Cypriots elect new parliament

Voters in the mostly Greek Republic of Cyprus in the southern part of the divided Mediterranean island went to the polls to elect a new government on Sunday.

Egypt asks Cyprus to extradite airplane hijack suspect

Egypt on Wednesday requested Cyprus to hand over an Egyptian man accused of hijacking a passenger aircraft and forcing it to fly to Cyprus the day before, prosecutors said.

Media: British hostage poses for picture with EgyptAir hijacker

How do you pass the time when you're a hostage on a hijacked flight to Cairo? Ask for a photo with your hijacker, naturally.

Fake explosive belt used to hijack Egyptian passenger jet

Egyptian authorities defended their security measures Tuesday evening as the passengers from an EgyptAir jet returned home after being diverted to Cyprus by a hijacker wearing a dummy explosive belt.

Alleged Cyprus hijacker had criminal record, Egypt police say

The alleged hijacker who diverted EgyptAir Flight 181 to Cyprus had a criminal record for forgery and was also suspected in a number of fraud, theft and narcotics cases, Egypt's Interior Ministry says.

Cypriot minister: Airplane hijacker was wearing a fake bomb belt

The hijacker of an EgyptAir passenger jet forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday was wearing a fake explosive belt, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulidis says.

Cyprus authorities arrest EgyptAir hijacker; remaining hostages freed

The hijacker of an EgyptAir passenger jet forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday has been arrested, and the seven people he held hostage onboard have been freed, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement.

Cypriot police remove reporters from airport fence in Larnaca

Police ask journalists to leave the area around a fence at Larnaca International Airport where the highjacked EgyptAir plane landed, according to reports by official broadcaster RIK.

EgyptAir passenger jet hijacker holds seven hostages, minister says

The hijacker of the Egyptian passenger jet forced to land in Cyprus on Tuesday was still holding seven hostages aboard, Egypt's aviation minister told reporters in Cairo on Tuesday.

Cypriot president: EgyptAir hijacking not an act of terrorism

The hijacking of an EgyptAir plane on Tuesday is not a terrorist act, Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades says on state television.

Cyprus threatens to veto part of EU-Turkey migration deal

Cyprus threatened Tuesday to veto part of a migration deal planned between the European Union and Turkey, arguing that Ankara has failed to fulfill past obligations related to its bid for EU member

Bosnia ready for possible new migrants route

Bosnia's foreign minister says his country has made preparations to deal with an influx of migrants trying to make their way to northern Europe in case the main Balkan route shifts further south.

Israel, Cyprus and Greece forge closer ties in turbulent region

Israel, Greece and Cyprus joined forces to face "unprecedented" opportunities and challenges, including gas reserves and security, in the volatile region, their leaders said Thursday at what they called a "historic" tripartite summit in Nicosia.