Nicosia grants approval to ENI, Total to drill in Block 7

Nicosia has granted approval to the energy companies ENI and Total to explore block seven of Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and approved nine other drilling operations within the EEZ over the next two years.

The approval was finalized in a cabinet meeting on Monday following recent indications by Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis that an agreement was in the works.

End of Turkish occupation of Cyprus is 'top priority,' Greek PM says on Nicosia visit

On his first visit to Cyprus since being elected on July 7, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that ending the occupation of the divided island's north by Turkey is a "top priority," as reunification without the departure of Turkish troops would be "inconceivable."

Cyprus marks 45th anniversary of Turkish invasion

A woman lays a flower during a memorial service on Saturday for the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, held annually at the Tymvos Makedonitissa military cemetery in Nicosia. The ceremony was attended Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos. [Katia Christodoulou/ANA-MPA]