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Immigration, citizenship focus of latest Cyprus talks

NICOSIA, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met on Thursday (July 23rd) in another round of talks aimed at reunifying the divided island. The negotiations focused on immigration, asylum and citizenship issues. UN Secretary-General Special Representative Taye-Brook Zerihoun says they will meet again in a …

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Illegal immigration: A growing issue and the coming debate on Turkey’s role.

Greece over the past few years has become a source country concerning the entrance of an unspecified amount of illegal immigrants, mostly from Asian and African states, that enter mainly through the Greek-Turkish borders and with the complicity or indifference of the authorities of the neighboring country, despite the bilateral …

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Talat seeks international pressure on Greek Cypriots

NICOSIA, Cyprus Greek Cypriots are refusing to speed up negotiations to reunify the island and won’t until the international community exerts pressure on them, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat told a press conference Saturday (July 18th). While Turkey is actively supporting ongoing efforts to find a solution to the …

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Greece, Cyprus criticise Turkish oil exploration plans

ATHENS, Greece Athens and Nicosia have reacted sharply to Turkey’s decision authorising the Turkish Petroleum Corporation to launch an oil exploration project in the Mediterranean Sea, Greek media reported on Monday (July 20th). Last week, Ankara announced that a Turkish vessel will start exploring hydrocarbon resources in four areas off …

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Slovenia’s Turk urges normalisation of ties with Croatia

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia Relations between Slovenia and Croatia are in a very sensitive phase and should be paid special attention, Slovenian President Danilo Turk said on Saturday (July 18th) in an interview with the daily Dnevnik. He stressed the two countries should continue talks on the latest proposal by the European …

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Cypriot communities disagree over guarantee system

NICOSIA, Cyprus/ANKARA, Turkey Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Greek Cypriot President Demetris Christofias failed to reach an agreement on the issue of security guarantees at their 37th round of direct reunification talks on Friday (July 17th). The Turkish Cypriot side favours maintaining the current guarantee system under the …

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PKK militants killed in clashes in south Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey Turkish security forces have killed three members of the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in clashes in the southern province of Hatay, the army said on Saturday (July 18th), in a statement posted on its web site. The fighting broke out Friday in a mountainous area near …

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Deadly floods swamp northeastern Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey At least four people died and three others are missing in flooding along Turkey’s Black Sea coast, caused by days of torrential rain. According to media reports Wednesday (July 15th), two people died in the Artvin province after their house was destroyed by rising water. Two others — …

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Turkey’s Gul calls for Cyprus referendum this year

ANKARA, Turkey President Abdullah Gul said on Monday (July 13th) that Turkey wants to see Cypriot reunification talks concluded soon and a referendum held by the end of the year, media reported. “Our ultimate goal is to reach a lasting settlement on the island and to create a separate area …

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Turkey Calls For Referendum In Cyprus By End-2009

Turkey wants talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus to conclude soon and a referendum by the end of 2009, President Abdullah Gul told a news conference with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat on Monday. The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been divided along ethnic lines since 1974. The two sides …

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