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Cyprus rivals reject each other's peace maps: Turkey

Istanbul - Rival Cypriot delegations have failed to agree on maps for new borders on the divided island state, each slamming the other's proposals as "unacceptable", Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday, after peace talks stalled.

Cyprus talks stumble over fate of Turkish troops

Geneva - Hopes for a peace deal in Cyprus stalled on Friday over a decades-old dispute, with the rival sides at loggerheads over the future of Turkish troops on the divided island.

Cypriot leaders, key powers vow to push ahead towards deal: UN

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders, along with top diplomats from Turkey, Greece and Britain, agreed Thursday to push on with efforts to reunite the divided island and end one of the world's longest-running political rows.

Cypriot leaders, key powers vow to push on towards deal

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders, along with top diplomats from Turkey, Greece and Britain, agreed to push on with efforts to reunite the divided island and end one of the world's longest-running political rows.

Cyprus coffee shop provides common ground for peace

Nicosia - Between two checkpoints in Europe's last divided capital, a coffee shop provides a venue for Greek and Turkish Cypriots to overcome their differences and dream of a shared future.

UN chief in Geneva for Cyprus peace talks

Geneva - New UN chief Antonio Guterres will attend talks in Geneva Thursday aimed at ending decades of stalemate in a divided Cyprus, in his first foreign trip since becoming secretary-general on January 1.

Cypriot leaders to swap maps on unified island

Geneva - Rival Cypriot delegations will on Wednesday present maps detailing their visions for how internal boundaries should be drawn as they pursue talks aimed at ending Cyprus's 42-year division.

Cyprus talks 'very last chance', says EU's Juncker

Valletta - Rival Cypriot leaders meeting in Switzerland are facing "the very last chance" to end the four-decades-old division of Cyprus, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday.

Cypriot leaders press bid to reach peace deal

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders returned to the negotiating table Tuesday to press on with a bid to end their country's 42-year-old division, but hopes of a deal hung in the balance.

'Moment of truth' as new Cyprus peace talks begin

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders on Monday resumed UN-backed peace talks seen as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain."We are now in the final moment.

Cyprus future in the balance at new peace talks

Geneva - Rival Cypriot leaders resume UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva on Monday billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.

Cypriots unite for 'peace' concert on eve of talks

Nicosia - Greek and Turkish residents of the divided island of Cyprus gathered Sunday for a "Countdown to Peace" concert on the eve of UN-sponsored reunification talks between their rival leaders.

Historic Cyprus peace in balance at Geneva talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders hold UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva from Monday billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of division on the island but the outcome is far from certain.

Cyprus: four decades of division and negotiations

Nicosia - Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied the northern third of the Mediterranean island in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece.

Erdogan, UK PM say Geneva talks 'real opportunity' for Cyprus

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday agreed that key talks on Cyprus next week in Geneva were a "real opportunity" for a fair and lasting solution to the division of the island.

Cyprus volunteers struggle to feed soaring cat population

Paphos - Legend has it that a Roman empress first brought cats to Cyprus to do battle with poisonous snakes, but centuries later it's the island's financial crisis that has sparked a population boom.

Cyprus urges Turkey to face up to responsibilities

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Saturday urged Turkey to live up to its responsibilities and help to reunify the divided island when crucial peace talks resume next month in Switzerland.

Turkish Cypriot leader says referendum possible in 2017

Nicosia - The president of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot region of northern Cyprus said Tuesday that a referendum on reunifying the island could be held in the summer if talks next month went to plan.

Greek, Turkish Cypriots march for reunification

Nicosia - Greek and Turkish Cypriots marched together Wednesday to urge rival leaders on the divided island to reach agreement at a make-or-break reunification summit in Switzerland next month.

Cyprus leaders to resume peace talks, keep up momentum

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders have agreed to resume UN-backed reunification talks in what was hailed Friday as a "significant development" after negotiations broke down in Switzerland last month.

Cyprus 'determined' for more peace talks: president

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday he was determined to continue peace talks aimed at uniting the island, after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned against missing a "historic opportunity" for peace.

Greece 'open' to Turkey talks on Cyprus: official

Atenas - Greece is "open" for talks with Turkey on the issue of divided Cyprus, Athens said Tuesday a day after key negotiations between the island's rival leaders ended without a deal.

Swiss talks break down in blow for Cyprus peace hopes

Nicosia - Crunch negotiations on ending the decades-old division of Cyprus broke down Tuesday with its rival leaders still far apart and no date set for a new round of UN-brokered talks.

Talks on Cyprus unification break up without agreement

Chardonne - The latest round of talks between rival leaders on ending Cyprus's 42-year-old division broke up without agreement on Tuesday, the United Nations said.

Crunch talks on Cyprus unity resume in Switzerland

Chardonne - Rival Cypriot leaders on Sunday resumed UN-backed talks on ending the island's 42-year-old division, with hopes of breakthrough high but a key territory dispute unsettled.

Cyprus rivals vow to press talks despite dim prospects

Nicosia - Five days of UN-sponsored talks on ending the decades-old division of Cyprus have adjourned without a breakthrough but negotiators vowed Saturday to press on even as prospects fade for a deal this year.

UN hails 'significant progress' in Cyprus talks

Geneva - The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have made "significant progress" in talks over the reunification of Cyprus, the United Nations said late Friday.

Cyprus peace deal 'within reach': UN

Ginebra - A deal to unify Cyprus is within reach, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Monday as he opened talks aimed at resolving one of the world's longest running political crises.

Cyprus town's future hangs in Swiss talks balance

Morphou - When Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders meet for land-for-peace talks on Monday aimed at ending the island's decades-old division, the future of a famed orange-growing centre will be a core dispute.

Territory row looms over Cyprus showdown talks

Nicosia - Rival Cypriot leaders will broach a multi-billion-euro territory dispute next week in Switzerland as part of UN-backed peace talks aimed at solving one of the world's longest-running political crises.
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