The opening of the Dherynia border post in the east and the Lefka crossing in the northwest is the first such step to end the 44-year frozen conflict between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots in eight years.
Offshore findings of rich gas reserves in East Mediterranean compound political problems regional players coasted to the ancient sea have each other. Here we explain why it is so.
Turkey reminds Greece of a 1995 parliamentary declaration in which Ankara authorised action, not excluding military action, to safeguard Turkish interests in the Aegean.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry blames the attitude of the Greek Cypriot administration for the repeated failure of negotiations with Turkish Cypriots.
Eastern Mediterranean countries are incrementally heading towards a crises as claims over energy heat up.
Greek Cypriot Defence Minister Savvas Angelides and his Israeli and Greek counterparts Avigdor Lieberman and Panos Kammenos held their second trilateral meeting in southern Cyprus on Friday.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said it is "that it is time to try a new way" to solve 44 years of division on the island of Cyprus.
Greek-Turkish tensions have been heating up in the Mediterranean, but some common interests are pushing the two neighbours to co-operate, especially on trade routes.
Turkey's criticism comes after Ankara deployed navy vessels on Friday to stop a rig belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI as it headed toward an area southeast of Cyprus.
Nicos Anastasiades won re-election as Greek Cypriot leader since voters gave a thumbs-up to his record in containing an economic meltdown in 2013 and conducting abortive peace talks with the Turkish Cypriots.
Turkish and Greek Cypriots remain in limbo as both sides brainstorm ways to proceed with suspended peace talks, with the fate of their island resting on the shoulders of one undecided man.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus voted for a new parliament and government after months of political instability on January 7. The results show a sea change in thinking among the populace.
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