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Ankara confirmed initiation of gas drilling activities near Cyprus territorial waters

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared on Thursday the initiation of gas drilling activities near Cyprus territorial waters. This development would exert greater strain on the already tense relations between Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. The longstanding cleavages among the three neighbours have effectively called off delimitation of their…

Cyprus: Tensions flared up in border village of Strovilia

A potentially serious incident came into public spotlight last week in the Strovilia area of Cyprus. According to local residents’ accounts, barricades were placed into a dirt road near the U.N.-established border.

President wants Brussels to expedite halloumi PDO

President Nicos Anastasiades has written to the European Commission president over the delays in registering halloumi cheese as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) more than three years after the application was submitted.

Christodoulides discusses Brexit with EU’s Barnier

The risk of the UK`s disorderly exit from the EU is growing as the non-ratification of the withdrawal agreement continues, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides said following a meeting on…

Anastasiades gives halloumi producers ultimatum

President Nicos Anastasiades has given halloumi producers and cow farmers an ultimatum, saying they need to fall in line with the legal service’s standards for the cheese’s production otherwise the state would increase regulations on…

Ozersay and Mavroyiannis meet to discuss negotiations

Chief negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis met on Wednesday with Turkish Cypriot ‘deputy prime-minister’ Kudret Ozersay as part of the latter’s series of contacts dealing with the Cyprus negotiations.