INCORE guide to Internet sources on conflict in Cyprus
Compiled by Lisa Brown (August 2005)
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Cyprus - UK MoD
Uk Ministry of Defence Map showing basis political divisions on the island.
HRW - Cyprus
Map showing island of Cyprus
Cyprus - Physical/Administrative
2 Maps. One showing physical/relief map of Cyprus. Other shows basic administrative divisions in Cyprus.
News Sources - Email Lists
Cyprus News Agency (CNA)
As a "semi-governmental," national news agency, CNA focuses its attention on events in Cyprus and on developments abroad that have some bearing on Cyprus or are of particular interest to the country. It also covers news in the region and activities of the European Union, the Council of Europe and other multilateral organisations. Coverage includes developments on the Cyprus issue and the country's accession to the EU, as well as home news, domestic politics, foreign policy, economic and business news, culture/arts and sports. News items in Turkish are posted on the website for free access and sent by e-mail to the Turkish-Cypriot and Turkish media, as well as to the Turkish-Cypriot political parties.
Cyprus Mail: Internet Edition
Cyprus Mail is published in Cyprus and is one of the leading newspaper titles. It covers major events in Cyprus and around the world, with sections on global and local news, business affairs and political developments. This internet edition allows you to view headlines and articles on line and the archive function allows you to search previous editions.
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)
Cyprus' public broadcasting service, CyBC transmits island-wide on three radio and two television channels, which can be accessed from their website. It is a non-profit organisation that promotes the objective provision of information, news stories, culture and entertainment for the people of Cyprus.
BBC News Country Profile: Cyprus
This site gives a brief overview of the Cyprus political situation and its leaders as well as providing links to key headlines, news stories and official government pages. Also access a timeline that chronologically details significant events in Cyprus since 1914.
The Cyprus Weekly
An independent English language newspaper that covers a selection of politics, business, environment, arts and sports news.
North Cyprus Home Page
North Cyprus Home Page is a comprehensive web guide to the political structure, religious and ethnic make up, news and media sources, and economy of Northern Cyprus.
London Cyprus Information Centre (LCIC)
This London based news centre offers a compact website citing breaking news headlines and stories from Turkey and Cyprus which are mainly taken from Turkish media sources.
Turkish News Agency (TAK)
This independent body was established to enable the voice of the Turkish Cypriot people to be heard globally. TAK disseminates TRNC news internationally to agencies such as Reuters. Its website allows access to archived news headlines and stories.
Bayrak Radio and Television Corporation (BRT)
The quasi-official radio and television-broadcasting corporation of the TRNC. Its website is in Turkish although you can access the main news headlines in English.
The Cyprus Conflict
A comprehensive and balanced educational website that narrates the history and current developments of the Cyprus conflict using a vast array of original documents, academic articles and internet sources.
National and Local Governmental Institutions and Agencies
Republic of Cyprus: Government
The official government website can be accessed in English, Turkish or Greek. It is the main entry point for access to all government departments and services on the internet. View the latest news and developments on the Cyprus problem, read the Cyprus Constitution and follow Cyprus relations with the European Union.
Republic of Cyprus: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives exercises legislative power of the Republic in all matters. This site provides a general overview of the formation and role of the House and briefly explains the constitution of the House. It provides information on its international activities, with links to partner parliaments and other international parliamentary organisations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the promotion of the political, economic, cultural and other interests of the Republic of Cyprus abroad, as well as Cyprus relations with other countries and international organisations and the conduct of Cyprus’ foreign policy in general. In addition to this information, you will also find listings of the Ministry’s press releases, the Minister’s speeches, consular updates, as well as information of interest to overseas Cypriots.
Press and Information Office, Cyprus
This site offers a thorough and detailed account of the Cyprus question. Retrieve information on some of the aspects of the problem such as, 'missing persons' and 'the TRNC as an illegal entity.' All UN and EU resolutions, proposals and agreements on Cyprus are available. This site also provides the latest Cyprus news from Turkish media sources and journal publications and articles can be downloaded.
Central Bank of Cyprus
This bank provides the central and regulatory banking services in Cyprus. Learn about the Cyprus economy and monitor its exchange rates from this site. Key statistics and bank publications are also available. Make use of the functional currency converter tool
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC): Government
A thorough and colourful website that includes a wide variety of information covering culture, government, tourism, history, investments opportunities, and much more. It hosts a particularly useful timeline that presents a brief overview of Cyprus history dating back as far as 1571.
TRNC Office of the President
This site features up-to-date news headlines, articles and documents pertaining to Northern Cyprus and its relations with the South. Read the biography of the President and the history of the TRNC from their perspective.
Deputy Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs: TRNC
Read the biographies of the current and former Ministers, get an overview of the structure and organisation of the Ministry itself and examine press releases and statements issued by this department. Links to the Public Relations department for daily news.
Public Information Office: TRNC
The official site for TRNC news headlines and stories. Also features special sections on the Cyprus Issue and Human Rights Violations.
The Central Bank of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Access general information about this bank, statistics from the banking sector and relevant publications. An easy-to-use site.
Cyprus Policy Centre (CPC)
This centre works actively towards ending the international isolation and exclusion of the Turkish Cypriot people advancing their development; producing democratic, information-based and participatory solutions to local and regional issues and problems; and promoting progress in the social, cultural, and educational spheres through international cooperation and collaboration on individual and institutional levels. Read published documents and position papers on Cyprus.
The Cyprus Development Bank (CDB)
The CDB aims to use its substantial expertise in development banking to help in accelerating the pace of economic development in the context of a re-unified Cyprus. Specifically, they have undertaken a number of initiatives and financed several projects that promote reconciliation between the two communities. CDB is working with International Financing and Aid organisations to develop appropriate mechanisms and structures in order to facilitate the financing of the economic development of the Turkish Cypriots and promote bi-communal projects.
North Cyprus Monthly: Kibris
This is an official political magazine published by the TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defence. Each volume contains articles on the Cyprus question with particular focus on the status of the North of the country.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
An official introductory site to the TRNC that features news and background information on the history and government of the region, as well as its business and tourist attractions. Links to government sites.
The Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations
Provides information on the role of the United Nations in the Cyprus dispute and documents all resolutions, reports and statements made by the UN on the situation
External Governmental Institutions and Agencies
British High Commission: Nicosia
This website provides a wide range of up to date information about Britain and Cyprus. Along with news and information about the High Commission and its work, you will find plenty of links to help you find out about the UK and Cyprus more generally. It offers a brief description of Cyprus and EU relations and the UK’s role in facilitating its accession.
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Embassy of the United States: Cyprus
The US embassy details American policies, statements and press releases on Cyprus as well as vital consular and country information for American visitors travelling to Cyprus.
Greece (Hellenic Republic): Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The ‘Cyprus Issue’ section details the geographical and historical background to the problem, the ongoing efforts to reach a negotiated settlement and Cyprus’ road to EU accession.
British Council: Cyprus
Set up by the UK in order to build relationships between the UK and other countries through educational initiatives. Its Cyprus page details some of the projects that they are currently undertaking and opportunities available.
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Country Profiles: Cyprus
This site offers a general overview of Cyprus including a chronological description of attempts at reaching an agreed solution to the Cyprus issue since 1999 and its relations with the international community; specifically its bilateral political and commercial relations with the UK.
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US CIA World Factbook
Summarised facts and figures on Cyprus, provided by the CIA. It serves as a good reference guide for information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications and military in Cyprus.
UK Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs): Cyprus
These areas carry out the minimum functions directly related to the exercise of sovereignty including the enactment of legislation and the maintenance of law and order. This official site provides information about SBAs, including how they are organised and administered, and details of a number of key areas of activity.
Republic of Turkey: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Cyprus problem is regarded as one of the main issues on the Ministry’s agenda. It section on Cyprus is quite extensive detailing all recent developments such as the 2004 referenda, the main press releases and statements released on Cyprus and a vast array of articles. It also provides links to all relevant UN documents and resolutions.
U.S Library of Congress Country Studies Series: Cyprus
An extensive country study that presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of Cyprus
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID is an independent federal government agency that conducts foreign assistance
and humanitarian aid to advance the political and economic interests of people around the globe. This country-specific page hosts all the details of USAID’s activities in Cyprus. Their assistance is aimed at bicommunal, multisector development activities in an effort to improve co-operation on the island and therefore reduce tensions.
International Multilateral Organisations (IOs)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Cyprus page details all documents and reports that address the status of human rights in Cyprus. It also lists all the human rights treaties and agreements that Cyprus have signed up to and ratified.
United Nations Development Programme: Cyprus
The UNDP plays a special role in fostering peace building and co-operation in Cyprus, hence contributing to mutual understanding and facilitating a smooth transition to a functioning post-settlement structure. This site provides links to the Bi-communal Development Programme which helps to foster relations between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots by helping them to conceive and implement projects of common interest and the Partnership for the Future Programme, aimed at the rehabilitation of the old city of Nicosia in cooperation with the Nicosia Master Plan.
The European Commission’s Representation in Cyprus
This site describes Cyprus’ accession to the European Union and the Community Aid Programmes that have accompanied this move. Also access public opinion polls in Europe on the subject of Cyprus and keep up to date with upcoming EU events in Cyprus.
The Council of Europe
The Council was set up to defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law,
to develop continent-wide agreements to standardise member countries' social and legal practices, and to promote awareness of a European identity based on shared values and cutting across different cultures. The member states section is particularly useful. Click on ‘Cyprus’ to view Council of Europe treaties that they have signed and ratified and to follow their human rights record.
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
This country page displays key information regarding Cyprus’ involvement in the WTO since it joined in 1995.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Provides updates, statistics and reports on the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus.
International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOs), Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
Association for Cypriot, Greek and Turkish Affairs
This organisation was founded in the UK to promote the development and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of contemporary social, political, economic and cultural affairs in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey so as to promote good and friendly relations between these countries. Access a long list of in-depth and topical articles on Cyprus.
Human Rights Action
This organisation aims to provide information about the violations of human rights in Turkey, as well as violations of the international law committed by the Turkish regime outside its state borders. Human Rights Action aims to raise international awareness on the issue and encourage people to act against it. Its website provides daily reports and news on Turkish violations against the Kurds and the Greek Cypriots, as well as pointers to similar sites and resources.
International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus”
Also known as PSEKA, this Committee aims to raise awareness over the plight of the people of Cyprus via the internet. Their mission is to see Cyprus free of occupying forces, that of the Turkish Armed Forces. This site features Hellenic news stories and events from both national and international media sources. Subscribe free to their electronic newsletter to receive regular updates.
Lobby for Cyprus Online
A non-party-political organisation based in London with the aim of reuniting the island of Cyprus. Download and print documents and articles, access fact files and statements and keep up to date with Lobby’s Media watch.
Turkish Cypriot Network
This non-profit voluntary organisation was founded in the UK in an effort to promote recognition of the TRNC internationally and to promote a just and peaceful solution to the Cyprus question. Read news stories directly from the TRNC and the Network’s online newsletters for a Turkish Cypriot perspective.
Amnesty International: Cyprus
A worldwide voluntary activist group working to protect human rights worldwide, this site displays all AI news stories and reports on human rights issues in Cyprus.
Cyprus Action Network (CAN)
The Cyprus Action Network is a grassroots activist organisation, which seeks to improve the human rights conditions in Cyprus. They deal with issues, which range from freedom of the press, to minority rights and education in an effort to create a genuinely independent homeland, where all citizens enjoy freedom and respect of their human rights. This website, apart from providing information about the Cyprus Action Network, also serves as a central database of projects and reports of CAN members. CAN has various ongoing projects, and has published reports and evidence about specific or generic human rights issues in Cyprus. You may view and download these documents.
Local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations, Research Institutes, Non-State Actors
This team came together with the goal of providing technology to facilitate communication among Cypriots. Their site hosts information about past and upcoming peace-building events and discussion forums. They support activities that aim to bring the people of Cyprus together with the goal of building peace.
This Cyprus-based, independent, policy-orientated research centre provides commentary and analysis on the politics and international relations of South East Europe. There is extensive coverage of Cyprus
Hands Across the Divide: Women Building Bridges in Cyprus
A non-governmental, non-profit, voluntary women’s organization, active as an informal group from March 2001 and formally constituted in February 2002. This Association aims to develop a women’s perspective on change in Cyprus and ensure that women are given a chance to help shape future policy on the island.
They are actively engaged in pursuit of their aims, in networking and communicating, across the Green Line in Cyprus. Their website documents an extensive list of upcoming events, festivals and conferences and relevant news stories.
Technology for Peace
This organisation was set up under the premise that a promising and creative way to enhance inter-communal communication where there exist substantial hindrances to direct contact between peoples is through the use of the Internet. The primary goal is to render all peace promoting groups in Cyprus computer literate and internet users, to facilitate information sharing and establish a platform for ideas and debates and raise the level of public awareness about the new possibilities emerging for the prevention, management and settlement of conflicts in a speedy manner. This comprehensive website it well worth a visit. It acts as a central body for all NGO’s working toward the resolution of the Cyprus question.
Articles, Papers, Reports, Agreements
‘Cyprus – the way forward.’ Report by the European Policy Centre (EPC)
This report stemmed from a conference held in Nicosia in July 2005 organised jointly by the EPC, the ARI Movement and Greek and Turkish Cypriot partners. The speakers discussed the chances of negotiations on the island's future resuming in the near future, given the substantial gaps that remain between the official positions of the two communities and important confidence-building measures which could - and should - be introduced without any new negotiations
‘The Cypriot State(s) in situ: Cross-ethnic Contact and the Discourse of Recognition.’
By Constantinou, Costas M. and Papadakis, Yiannis. An in-depth analysis of one of the paradoxes of the Cyprus conflict; that increased contact between both communities is necessary to increase understanding and promote reconciliation. This in a country where a physical barrier acts as an obstruction to bicommunal activities and makes such efforts difficult in the face of official and ideological opposition.
The Annan Plan for Cyprus
The official United Nations website of the Secretary-General's comprehensive peace plan for Cyprus - the "Annan Plan" which was submitted to the parties on 23 April 2004. Read the official text of the Annan Plan in English, Greek or Turkish. Also read how this plan failed after its rejection in the Greek Cypriot referendum.
‘Welcome to Northern Cyprus – Autonomous Entity of the European Union.’
A commentary on the implications for Cyprus’ involvement in the EU since the Greek Cypriot community voted ‘no’ to re-unification of the island at the 2004 referenda.
The 'Cyprus Question': Reshaping Community Identities and Elite Interests within a Wider European Framework
This article examines the role of the EU in facilitating and accelerating a settlement to the Cyprus conflict by providing a framework of prosperity and stability on the island.
1st Report of the European Commission of Human Rights: Turkey's invasion in Cyprus and aftermath (20 JULY 1974 - 18 MAY 1976)
This report presents the charges laid against the Turkish government for breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. These charges include infringement of the right to life and the inhumane and degrading treatment experienced by hundreds of persons during their detention by the Turkish army.
2nd Report of the European Commission of Human Rights: Turkey's invasion in Cyprus and aftermath (19 May 1976 to 10 February 1983)
This report details further Turkish violations of the European Convention on Human Rights including physical population expulsions and continued cases of physical ill-treatment by Turkish soldiers in Cyprus.
European Court of Human Rights: Case of Cyprus v. Turkey (Application no. 25781/94)
The court issued its verdict on this case at a public hearing in Strasbourg on 10 May 2001 after considering and evaluating the facts. This case study reveals how the Court held that Turkey violated 14 articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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