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Cyprus protests Turkish military exercise

NICOSIA, Cyprus The Cypriot government has asked the UN and EU to halt a military exercise in the northeastern, Turkish part of the island, government spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said Tuesday (June 16th).

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Cypriot leaders discuss territory issue

NICOSIA, Cyprus Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat discussed the territory issue and the opening of a new crossing point in Limnitis on Monday (June 15th). Another meeting is scheduled for June 26th.

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Deal on Cyprus crossing point expected soon

NICOSIA, Cyprus The two Cypriot communities are close to reaching an agreement on a new border crossing between the Greek and Turkish-run parts of the divided island, Cypriot President Demetris Christofias said on Thursday (June 11th) after his latest round of reunification talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

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Turkey, Iraq sign co-operation agreement

ANKARA, Turkey Turkey and Iraq signed a military co-operation agreement Wednesday (June 10th), further boosting efforts against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Deputy Chief of the Iraqi Army General Staff, Nasier Abadi, and his Turkish counterpart, Hassan Igsiz, signed the agreement in Ankara.

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US urges progress in Turkey-Armenia reconciliation process

YEREVAN, Armenia US Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon urged Armenia and Turkey on Tuesday (June 9th) to make progress in ongoing talks aimed at normalising relations and re-opening their border. Reconciliation negotiations should be concluded within “a reasonable time frame,” he told reporters during a visit to Yerevan. Ankara …

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Turkey bombs PKK targets in northern Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey Warplanes have bombed hideouts of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, media reported on Sunday (June 7th), citing military sources. Turkish military jets conducted the bombings on Saturday evening after PKK militants were spotted on Iraqi territory, as ground forces shelled PKK targets near the …

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Armenia’s prime minister for opening Armenian-Turkish border

Armenia’s prime minister Tigran Sargsyan made a speech in support to opening of the Armenian-Turkish border. Delivering a lecture “Crisis as an opportunity” to young professionals in Yerevan, he particularly mentioned, that Armenia currently is too dependent on Georgia. “2/3 of our foreign turnover is carried out via Georgia, transit …

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Downer says no UN reunification plan for Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus The UN is not working on any plan to reunify the divided island of Cyprus, nor attempting to interfere in the negotiating process between the Greek and Turkish communities, UN envoy to Cyprus Alexander Downer said on Wednesday (June 3rd).

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