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Deputy special adviser to the UN secretary general on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and  Cyprus president Nicos Anastasiades. Photograph: Cypriot Press Office

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed on Friday to intensify efforts to reunify the divided island and to finalise steps that would secure a settle(...)

Decaying hotel buildings stand beyond a makeshift barrier in Varosha, Famagusta. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The government of Cyprus has castigated Turkish Cypriot administration plans to reopen the ghost city of Varosha, which was abandoned by Greek Cypriot(...)

Turkish drilling ship Yavuz: set to start work off the  coast of Cyprus within the country’s exclusive economic zone, in violation of international law. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey is set to deploy a fourth ship to explore for gas and oil off the coast of Cyprus in defiance of EU sanctions imposed to end Ankara’s illegal o(...)

Turkish ship Yavuz anchored off Cyprus’s east coast in preparation for drilling. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkey has rejected European Union charges that its oil and gas drilling in Cypriot waters are violations of international law and accused Brussels of(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviewing a military guard of honour with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the Turkish Cypriot northern part of the divided city of Nicosia on Tuesday. Photograph:  Andreas Manoli/EPA

Following his inauguration as Turkey’s executive president on Monday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not receive the hero’s welcome he had anticipated when (...)

Left wing-backed independent Stavros Malas shakes hands with Nicos Anastasiades of the right wing Democratic Rally party in Nicosia, Cyprus. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou

Greek Cypriots go to the polls on Sunday in a tight run-off election between the conservative incumbent, Nicos Anastasiades, and an independent challe(...)

A Turkish Cypriot man casts his ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognised by Turkey. Photograph: Birol Bebek/AFP/Getty

Turkish Cypriots have voted narrowly for the status quo in a snap parliamentary election by giving the ruling National Union Party 21 seats of 50 in t(...)

The UN secretary-general’s special adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide (centre), arrives on Wednesday  with the UN delegation at the begining of a new round of talks on the reunification of Cyprus,  in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

The leaders of Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish communities have embarked on a defining attempt to reunify the Mediterranean island more than four(...)

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades insists  talks on Cypriot reunification should remain “Cypriot-owned”. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Diplomatic efforts were being made on Wednesday to save talks on the reunification of Cyprus from collapse. UN secretary general Antonio Guterres iss(...)

Cypriots, from  occupied Northern city of Kyrenia, chant slogans during  demonstration against  UN-sponsored Cyprus peace talks. Photograph:  Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

The small town of Morphou, just north of the fortified line that divides Cyprus, epitomises in microcosm the island’s challenge. Unless it is returne(...)

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