Cyprus is marketing itself as a relatively safe holiday destination in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, with a transmission rate below one and a very low mortality rate.
Greece and Cyprus pushed for a tougher European Union response to Turkey’s natural gas exploration in contested Mediterranean waters at an EU summit on Friday, after Ankara restarted operations of a survey ship.
President Nicos Anastasiades called the forest blaze "an unprecedented tragedy" except for the destruction wreaked by a 1974 war. President later toured a crisis management centre in Vavatsinia, before moving to the areas ravaged by the fire.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday that some elements of the European Union summit decisions concerning Turkey were positive, but many areas were “divorced from realities.”
Cyprus is ready to engage in dialogue with Turkey to resolve differences but not under threats, the Mediterranean island's President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday.
EU leaders agreed on Thursday to prepare limited sanctions on Turkish individuals over an energy exploration dispute with Greece and Cyprus, postponing any harsher steps until March as countries sparred over how to handle Ankara.
EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed measures including cutting 145.8 million euros ($164 million) in pre-accession financial funds to Turkey allocated for 2020.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said recently the two-state solution for Cyprus is not an option and Germany will continue to promote de-escalation of tensions on the island and the internationally recognised bizonal, bicommunal federal solution reuniting together the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.
Cyprus on Friday said Turkey’s actions in sending a drill ship to an area Nicosia has licensed for offshore hydrocarbons exploration was a ‘severe escalation’ of what it said was Ankara’s violations