Cyprus dispute

Anastasiades calls on May to persuade Turkey to behave

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades discussed the attack on Syria and Turkey blocking Cyprus's energy search during talks with British PM Theresa May in London on Tuesday.

He said his talks with the UK Prime Minister, "were very useful because it provided an opportunity to explain and project the problems we face with regard to the efforts for the resolution of the Cyprus problem"'

Anastasiades, Akinci to discuss potential for relaunching peace talks

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are to meet on Monday night for a dinner in Nicosia's buffer zone to discuss the possibility of relauncing peace talks which collapsed last year.

The dinner is to be hosted by the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar.

Cypriot leaders agree to informal meeting

The UN is hoping dinner diplomacy can push-start stalled Cyprus reunification talks after Cypriot leaders agreed to meet for dinner to iron-out differences.

A statement was issued by the UN on Friday to confirm President Nicosia Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci will meet on April 16 inside the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia at the defunct airport.

US ambassador backs Nicosia's right to explore for oil, does not see problems from Turkey for Exxon

The US Ambassador to Cyprus Kathleen Doherty on Wednesday underlined Washington's support for Nicosia's right to explore and develop oil resources in its economic zone and, regarding Exxon's drilling in the region, said she did not anticipate any problems from Turkey.