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UN urges speed up in Cypriot talks

The UN Security Council two days ago urged Greek and Turkish Cypriots to accelerate talks to reunify their divided island. The Council expressed concern about the pace of negotiations in recent months and urged “decisive progress in the near future”. The Council also adopted a resolution extending the mandate of …

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Former Greek FM urges Turkey to push Turkish Cyprus for settlement

A former foreign minister of Greece on Wednesday urged Turkey to exert its influence over Turkish Cyprus to spur its leadership into a more yielding stance in peace talks to reunify the long-divided island. Dora Bakoyannis, who served as Greek minister of foreign affairs from 2006-2009 and is now the …

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Turkey seeks deeper cooperation with Ukraine

Turkey is interested in expanding economic cooperation with Ukraine and introducing visa-free regime between the two countries, Turkish Industry Minister Nihat Ergun said Monday. “We expect that the balance of trade between Ukraine and Turkey will be 5 billion dollars this year and next year it will reach the pre-crisis …

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Turkey, Croatia to boost economic ties

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his visiting Croatian counterpart Jadranka Kosor agreed on Friday (November 26th) in Ankara that there are no open political issues between their countries and vowed to boost economic ties. Erdogan said he expects the Turkish-Croatian trade volume to rise to 1 billion euros …

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UN chief urges Cypriot leaders to make real headway soon

The United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon has once more expressed his disappointment at the “frustratingly slow” pace of Cyprus peace talks and urged Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to make real progress by early next year. The UN chief pointed out in a progress report released on Thursday that …

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Greece calls for Turkey-EU summit on accession

The European Union should hold a summit with candidate Turkey to set out a new strategy for Ankara’s bid to join the bloc as a full member, Greece’s Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas has said. “I think this is really the time to have a frank discussion with all the member …

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Turkish PM: No deal unless EU acts on trade with Turkish Cyprus

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey is ready to open its ports to Greek Cypriot vessels and aircraft if the European Union takes steps to end the economic isolation of Turkish Cyprus. Erdoğan, speaking to reporters on Monday, said Turkey would not change its position on Cyprus …

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