Maronite Christians used to live in a handful of villages in the north of the island, but most left when fighting started between Turkish and Greek Cypriots and the island was partitioned in 1974.
A statement from the Foreign Ministry TRNC said the declaration adopted by France, Italy, Spain, Malta, Portugal, Greece, and the Greek Cypriot administration ignores the existence of the Turkish Cypriot community and distorts political facts.
The fifth Mediterranean conference, hosted in the divided capital of Nicosia, in Cyprus, produced a joint declaration which favoured Greek Cypriot political positions, angering Turkey.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey wants result-oriented negotiations on Cyprus, adding that they have "no time or energy for years of negotiations."
Turkey's National Security Council warned that the biggest threat to political solution in Syria is the terrorist presence east of the Euphrates River.
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.
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