Cyprus Problem


Nami meets with President and Board Members of MÜSİAD

Within the framework of his contacts in Germany, Foreign Minister Nami came together with the President and Board members of the Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD) at the MÜSİAD centre and received information pertaining to MÜSİAD’s work in Berlin. Minister Nami also provided information pertaining to the Cyprus problem and current situation of the negotiation process. Minister Nami, who also responded to questions related to the topic, expressed that the recent situation related to hydrocarbons has demonstrated once again how essential and important the resolution of the Cyprus problemRead More

Foreign Minister Nami meets with EP President Schulz

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met yesterday morning with Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, within the framework of his contacts in Brussels. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Nami emphasized that the current problems pertaining to hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean stem from the Cyprus problem, that dialogue is essential in order to resolve such problems and that it is unacceptable that the Greek Cypriot side has withdrawn from the negotiating table. Foreign Minister Özdil Nami expressed that EU institutions and the European Parliament should convey balanced messages throughRead More

The Cyprus Carousel – or – Have we been here before?

Opinion by Tony Woods Part way through 2005 – almost ten years ago – I joined the then young and fresh tabloid the Cyprus Observer, a newspaper started, owned and initially edited by idealist Hasan Erçakica the spokesperson for CTP President Mehmet Ali Talat. Each week he presented his readers with his opinions and reflections on the ‘Cyprus Problem’, using information gained both from his privileged position and from his insight into Cypriot politics. In 2006 all his articles that had appeared from Issue 1 of 22-28 July 2005 toRead More

USA Energy Affairs Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative Amos Hochstein: “Outcomes of a political solution will be wonderful”

USA Energy Affairs Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative Amos Hochstein said that there is a window of opportunity in the energy market and called for benefiting from this. Hochstein indicated that his mission is to remind people the outcomes of their behaviour and added that if  a political solution is reached on the island the outcomes will be wonderful. Expressing that the sides in Cyprus must decide how they will return to the negotiation table Amos Hochstein said that the most important thing is to return to the table. HochsteinRead More

Siber: “Return, Compensation and Exchange invalidate the Greek Cypriot propaganda that one day, everyone will return to their own home”


Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber said that Immovable Property Commission (IPC) is performing a very important task by providing compensation, return and exchange as  solution to the property claims of the Greek Cypriots. Siber added  that by solving the property claims this way IPC is actually securing  bizonallity and also invalidating the propaganda that ‘one day everyone will return to their  own home’. Stressing the importance of the Immovable Property Commission, Siber said that the property issue is the main issue of Cyprus problem and if the Commission became moreRead More

Cavusoglu: “Opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever”


Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said “Opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever” Minister Cavusoglu had a meeting with  UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide in his office. During the meeting, Eide stated that he is still optimistic for finding a solution to the long-termed Cyprus problem and added that a solution cannot be reached if negotiations do not continue. Emphasizing Turkey’s will for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem is still strong, Cavusoglu said “Turkey will continue itsRead More

Cameron asks whether Cyprus can have an exclusive economic zone before the solution of the Cyprus problem

It was reported that during the EU summit in Brussels,  where Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis could not attend due to his illness, UK Prime Minister David Cameron asked “Can Cyprus have an Exclusive Economic Zone before the solution of the  Cyprus problem?” and opposed to the Exclusive Economic Zone unilaterally declared by Greek Cypriot Administration in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros gave the news with the headlines “London and Ankara hand in hand… Cameron objected to the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus Republic at the EURead More

Cyprus: Time to think again


With the appointment of a new special advisor of the UN secretary-general on Cyprus and the recent fiftieth anniversary of the presence of the United Nations in Cyprus it would be timely to consider how best to move the negotiating process forward in a manner most likely to succeed. Over the past 50 years, spanning six secretaries-general, some 20 United Nations representatives, 17 force commanders, enumerable attempts to work out an agreement, and countless optimistic joint statements, most recently those of February 11, and of September 17, 2014, the factRead More

UN Secretary-General Ban called all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation

Ban Ki Moon

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon met yesterday with his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. Eide briefed Ban on the latest developments in Cyprus and the immediate region. The Secretary-General expressed concern over the tensions that have arisen in relation to hydrocarbons and over the suspension of negotiations. He stressed the need for all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation, so as to avoid any further instability in an already volatile region. The Secretary-General underscored the need for the parties in Cyprus to return to the negotiating table withoutRead More

Random Ramblings

I was intrigued and somewhat confused by a photograph and an article in the UK newspaper “Daily Mail” of Tuesday, 14th October.  The British Prime Minister, David Cameron posed for a photograph with a group of local Morris dancers, who had (following centuries old tradition), “blacked up” by smearing their faces with a soot-like substance. Should any readers be unfamiliar with the term “Morris” dancers, it is generally accepted that “Morris” is a derivative of “Moorish”, which was the nationality of a nation of Arab Berbers who swept through NorthernRead More

RoC sole owner of the island?


President Derviş Eroğlu pointed out that the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades wrongly assumes the Greek Cypriot side as the sole owner of the island and sovereignty only belonged to them and added: “If it was the case there wouldn’t be any need for negotiations”. Eroğlu indicated that the reason of the dilemma Anastasiades faced recently can be explained by his unwillingness to start the give-and-take process in the negotiations and lack of political will in reaching a comprehensive settlement. Eroğlu said that from now on the international community isRead More

Treasure Island – Cyprus

The 26th September saw the opening of the project ‘Treasure Island’, which will continue with various presentations until the 8th November. This project is a joint venture with The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre – Associated with the Pierides Foundation [NiMAC] and the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services, in collaboration with AHDR (Association for Historical Dialogue and Research) and SIDESTREETS Initiative and features visual works, performances, public discussions, interventions and other events selected through an Open Call, next to a number of preselected works. Treasure Island seeks toRead More

Greek side has decided to withdraw from negotiations

The RoC has decided to withdraw from the negotiations after Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades reached a consensus with the Greek Cypriot political parties. It will be recalled that the Greek Cypriot side took the decision to start and continue natural gas explorations unilaterally and rejected the Turkish Cypriot side’s proposal of setting up a joint committee on hydrocarbons. Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades who left the negotiation table some time ago upon getting angry with the proposals put forward by the Turkish Cypriot side this time withdrew from the negotiations claiming  TurkishRead More

Ozdil Nami expresses his views and concerns via The Washington Times


Özdil Nami – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Dear Reader, I would like to provide you with information regarding the on-going negotiation process in Cyprus between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides and also provide general information about our country. In order to fully comprehend the reasons behind the Cyprus problem and the negotiation process to find a lasting settlement, it is necessary to have an understanding about the genesis of the problem. The Republic of Cyprus was founded in 1960 in accordance with international treaties. The Turkish Cypriot andRead More

President Eroğlu: “We will demand from UN Secretary General to interfere more actively in negotiations”

President Derviş Eroğlu stated that during his meeting with the UN Secretary General, he would demand the UN Secretary General to interfere more actively in negotiations in order to reach a result and to organise one or two Cyprus summits with this aim. Responding the questions of journalist Hasan Hastürer in New York, President Eroğlu said “As the Turkish Cypriot side, we will not abandon the convergences reached between the two sides before”. In his statement, Eroğlu also reminded that after taking over his duty as the President, he sentRead More

EIDE: “All problems can be resolved”

UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus,  Espen Barth Eide stated  that the Joint Statement  signed by the leaders in February 11 is very strong  and clear and not contradictory  and  he believes there are  no big differences which  the two leaders cannot resolve. Giving his first interview as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, Eide said that the second stage of negotiations which was concluded was about  clearing the positions of the two sides. Expressing that all positions of the sides regarding the issues  are at theRead More

Some items of short news

Always the ‘Turkish invasion’ is brought up though that was forty years ago   Ever looking to drag the Republic of Cyprus’s distorted view of the events of 1974 into the international arena, Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Greek Cypriot Republic of Cyprus [RoC] used his speech at an event in his honour in London, hosted by the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood [?], as an opportunity to do just that. He was reporting that he believes that the RoC will be able to exit the bailout programme by the end ofRead More

Cyprus – House of Commons Hansard Debates for 9th Sept 2014

[Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] 2.30 pm Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate) (Con): It is a pleasure to speak in this important debate under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I welcome this opportunity to raise the issue of Cyprus. I also welcome the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), to his post; he will respond to the debate. It should be noted that a number of my hon. Friends are not present. In fact, there are not aRead More


Greek Cypriot Foreign Ministry expressed its “deep disappointment” over Minister Nami’s high level  contacts in UK The Greek Cypriot administration expressed its “deep disappointment” over  Foreign Minister Nami’s high level meetings that took place in the UK and his planned  visit to the US in the following days. According to the Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros and other newspapers, the Greek Cypriot administration  warned Foreign Affairs Ministries and their Embassies in South Cyprus  of both countries. It was also reported that political parties in South Cyprus also expressed their discomfort over Nami’sRead More

Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami met with UK Minister of Justice Hughes

Minister of Foreign Affairs Özdil Nami met with UK Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties and Deputy Leader of Liberal Democrats Rt. Hon. Simon Hughes within the framework of his contacts which started in London on Monday. The Cyprus problem and negotiation process were discussed during the meeting of Nami and Hughes. Minister Nami underlined that the reason of deadlocks at the negotiation process is that the past convergences adopted by Talat-Christofias are accepted by Turkish Cypriot side but not by leader of Greek Cypriot side Anastasiadis. NamiRead More