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Cyprus top lawyer: Judges' law firm links compromise rulings  ABC News

Cyprus' attorney general has weighed into a growing feud with supreme court judges, backing his lawyer brother who alleged that the judges' familial and ...

ABC News
Travel Question: Will no deal affect my Cyprus trip?  The Independent

Q We are booked to fly to Cyprus on British Airways on 3 April and I am now worried about the effect of a no-deal Brexit, a few days earlier, on our flights.

The Independent
Let's talk about climate change  Cyprus Mail

The struggle to reduce plastic use is gaining ground even in Cyprus as environmentalist groups have mounted campaigns to educate people. Chief among ...

Cyprus Mail
Survey reveals high level of satisfaction with Cyprus Post  Cyprus Mail

Most customers, 76.5 per cent, are satisfied with the services provided by the post office, a survey presented on Tuesday revealed. The survey 'Assessment of ...

Cyprus Mail
Neapolis university sponsoring charity team in marathon  Cyprus Mail

The liaison office of Neapolis university is sponsoring the Archangel Michael's hospice charity team to participate in the 21st Logicom marathon that will take ...

Cyprus Mail
At 'historic' moment, May urges lawmakers to back her deal  Cyprus Mail

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers to back her deal on Tuesday, saying it was a historic decision that the country would live with for ...

Cyprus Mail
Remembering Denktaş’s legacy in Cyprus  Hurriyet Daily News

It was a rather interesting and odd development, but that was indeed what happened on that sad day seven years ago on Jan. 13. “Tell them [Greek Cypriots] ...

Hurriyet Daily News
Turkish Cypriot police come for sentenced conscientious objector  Cyprus Mail

Turkish Cypriot conscientious objector Halil Karapasiaoglou, 33, was arrested and taken to prison in the north on Tuesday after refusing to pay a fine imposed ...

Cyprus Mail
ENERGY: East Mediterranean Gas Forum brings Cyprus closer to its goal  Financial Mirror

Cypriot Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said a decision to set up the 'East Mediterranean Gas Forum' was of enormous importance to Cyprus.

Financial Mirror
Potential snags over who will benefit from Laiki haircut relief  Cyprus Mail

Complications surfaced on Monday concerning the Solidarity Fund, the stated purpose of which is to provide relief to legacy Laiki depositors and bank ...

Cyprus Mail
40 years of Chinese reform marked at the European University  Cyprus Mail

The European University of Cyprus has hosted a workshop titled 'China's Growth and Celebrating 40 Years of Reforms' organised by the Chinese embassy.

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus' top court hits back at nepotism, collusion claims  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cyprus' supreme court says allegations by the attorney general's brother that a web of familial ties between judges and lawyers has resulted in favorable rulings ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
EASO steps up operational support for Cyprus  EU News

New 2019 Operating Plans signed with Greece, Italy and Cyprus, with the latter mandating a notable increase in support from EASO.

EU News
Turkish Cypriot leader: No talks in Cyprus until June  Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı has said that no negotiations on the Cyprus issue are expected until the middle of this year. "It seems the nearest date ...

Hurriyet Daily News
Welcome to my place . . . Nicosia, Cyprus  The Irish Times

'Avoid the humid heat of high summer and come to Cyprus in April into May'

The Irish Times
Celebrate Chinese New Year  Cyprus Mail

The New Year may be long gone for most of us but for the Chinese it's just around the corner as they mark the changing of the year on February 5.

Cyprus Mail
Friendly young kestrel rescued in Paphos  Cyprus Mail

A friendly young kestrel will soon make its way to Nicosia to be nursed back to full health after a dog-walker found him lying on a pavement in Geroskipou in ...

Cyprus Mail
Deputy tourism minster begins talks with stakeholders  Cyprus Mail

Cyprus must not get complacent with the growth in tourist arrivals in recent years and needs to diversify its product, deputy minister for tourism Savvas Perdios ...

Cyprus Mail
Cambridge Assessment English to work with Cyprus govt  The PIE News

Cambridge Assessment English, the ELT qualifications and teaching organisation, will begin work with the Cypriot government to provide learning materials and ...

The PIE News
CYPRUS: Foreign investor seeking to buy Remedica  Financial Mirror

Remedica, the Cypriot pharmaceutical company, may soon find itself under new ownership as announced by sole shareholders South African company ...

Financial Mirror
Social cost of substance abuse was over €60m in 2016  Cyprus Mail

The total social cost of illegal substances for 2016 stood at 0.33 per cent of Cyprus' GDP or €60 million, a study conducted by the Cyprus National Addictions ...

Cyprus Mail
AG speaks out on brother's allegations (updated)  Cyprus Mail

In two of the three criminal cases adjudged in favour of Bank of Cyprus, a fundamental ingredient of justice was not upheld, namely the absence of the ...

Cyprus Mail
A night for romantic tango  Cyprus Mail

Tango is possibly the one thing that most people associate with Argentina. That and fine, juicy steaks. Later this month Technopolis 20 brings the art of tango a ...

Cyprus Mail
No bids yet again for abandoned Berengaria  Cyprus Mail

Not one single offer was bid for the abandoned Berengaria Hotel in Prodromos, the Cyprus Mail has learned. Because the hotel failed to sell auction last ...

Cyprus Mail
EU leaders express dismay after May's Brexit defeat  Cyprus Mail

By Robin Emmott and Jan Strupczewski. European Union leaders expressed dismay and regret on Tuesday after the British parliament rejected a Brexit divorce ...

Cyprus Mail
Motorists warned of fog and mudslides  Cyprus Mail

Police warned motorists on Monday evening of rock and mudslides on mountainous roads in the Limassol district and of dense fog in the Paphos and Troodos ...

Cyprus Mail
Severe weather causes power outages in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca  Cyprus Mail

Power outages hit across the island on Tuesday as heavy rains and strong winds caused damage to the electric authority's (EAC) network. The met office said ...

Cyprus Mail
CYPRUS: Private insurers will up their game for national health service  Financial Mirror

Insurance companies offering private health plans in Cyprus are not worried about losing business due to the introduction of the universal General Healthcare ...

Financial Mirror
Group of Syrian refugees picked up on Larnaca-Dhekelia road  Cyprus Mail

Police on Monday evening found 13 Syrian men who had arrived on a boat from Mersin in Turkey. Around 6pm, eight refugees were spotted walking on the ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus No Longer Mediterranean Haven for Russian Businesses  Bloomberg

For Russian businesses, Cyprus just isn't what it used to be.

Bloomberg
Corbyn says Brexit deal could be renogotiated if May's plan rejected  Cyprus Mail

Britain could reopen negotiations with the European Union over the terms of its departure from the bloc, opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said on ...

Cyprus Mail
FACTBOX-Britain's parliament faces biggest decision since World War Two  Cyprus Mail

By Andrew MacAskill. LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Britain's parliament faces its biggest decision since World War Two on Tuesday: whether to back Prime ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus is at first place for absorption of the EU Regional Development Fund  TheMayor

For a second consecutive year, Cyprus is ranked first among member states for absorption of the EU Regional Development Fund in 2018 and 6th concerning its ...

TheMayor
President waiting for Lute over Turkey's delay request (Updated)  Cyprus Mail

President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday said he would wait for UN special envoy Jane Holl Lute's return to Cyprus to see how to handle Turkey's request to ...

Cyprus Mail
Jeweller creates life in miniature  Cyprus Mail

A ballerina twirls on the stage, her captive audience caught in unending applause; a beanstalk scrapes the clouds, Jack climbing skyward to a brighter future; ...

Cyprus Mail
Erdogan's party could lose grip on big cities in local polls  Cyprus Mail

After a decade and a half in power and an economic boom gone sour, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party could lose control of some large cities in ...

Cyprus Mail
We are not like lambs to the slaughter  Cyprus Mail

By Christos Panayiotides. I have the impression that Cypriots are greatly discontented with their political, religious and economic establishments which confront ...

Cyprus Mail
Healed pelicans being released to the wild on Friday  Cyprus Mail

The Game Fund will release two pelicans on Friday at the Akrotiri salt lake. Before they are released at 11am they will be ringed at the Akrotiri environmental ...

Cyprus Mail
Greece must craft Turkey policy around Cyprus, Aegean as it inches towards elections - analyst  Ahval

Greece's current Turkey policy must take into consideration the unobstructed completion of Cyprus's energy program and Ankara's focus on the Kastellorizo area ...

Ahval
A tribute to Russia  Cyprus Mail

If you missed the iconic Vienna New Year's Concert on TV, there are three other chances to be enchanted by the sounds of classic music and Waltz sounds this ...

Cyprus Mail
Exxon's drilling: all outcomes are possible  Cyprus Mail

By Charles Ellinas. THE GOOD news early in 2019 is that drilling of Delphine in block 10 has been completed, as planned, despite the problems encountered ...

Cyprus Mail
It's the final straw for plastics, says Nestle  Cyprus Mail

Nestle next month will start to drop plastic straws from its products and is working on biodegradable water bottles in a drive to reduce plastic waste, it said on ...

Cyprus Mail
German economy posts weakest growth in five years  Cyprus Mail

The German economy grew by 1.5 per cent in 2018, the weakest rate in five years and markedly slower than the previous year, preliminary data showed on ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus ranked third on Family Beach Index  Cyprus Mail

A new 'Family Beach Index' ranks Cyprus third on a list of 50 family beach destinations in eight European countries. Researchers looked at air and sea ...

Cyprus Mail
Greek PM set to win confidence vote with support from opposition  Cyprus Mail

By Renee Maltezou. ATHENS, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Greece's Alexis Tsipras appeared set to win a confidence vote after winning the support of an opposition ...

Cyprus Mail
Launching national debate, Macron makes another faux pas about poor  Cyprus Mail

France's Emmanuel Macron began a national debate on Tuesday meant to calm protests against high living costs, but he may have started on the wrong foot by ...

Cyprus Mail
Bloomberg: Russians are downsizing in Cyprus | Business  www.ekathimerini.com

Over the past few years Cyprus has embarked on a campaign to convince international partners that financial rules and regulations on the island have aligned ...

www.ekathimerini.com
Cyprus colewarts: cauliflower by another name  Broomfield Enterprise

With such an unusual title to this week's article, do you have any guesses as to what I am referring?

Broomfield Enterprise
Cyprus remains low on R&D spending  Cyprus Mail

EU member states spent a total of almost €320 billion on Research & Development (R&D) in 2017, according to Eurostat, but Cyprus scored fourth lowest in the ...

Cyprus Mail
Our View: We should have learnt property bubble lesson by now  Cyprus Mail

THE WARNING about the possibility of another property bubble in the making, issued by the Nobel prize winning economist Christophoros Pissarides, should be ...

Cyprus Mail
CYPRUS: Halloumi exporter Pittas is in financial trouble  Financial Mirror

Major halloumi exporter Pittas Dairy Industries has found itself in dire financial straits as creditors have rejected a rescue plan for the company, putting its future ...

Financial Mirror
Wagner leaves bottom club Huddersfield by mutual consent  Cyprus Mail

Huddersfield Town parted company with manager David Wagner by mutual consent on Monday, with the German leaving the club at the bottom of the Premier ...

Cyprus Mail
Cech to bring down the curtain on glittering career  Cyprus Mail

Petr Cech will bring the curtain down on his glittering career at the end of the season. The 36-year-old Arsenal goalkeeper announced on Twitter that the current ...

Cyprus Mail
CYPRUS: Credit card transactions surged 33% in 2018  Financial Mirror

Strong consumer spending put a smile on the economy with credit card transactions last year surging 33% compared to 2017, according to JCC payment ...

Financial Mirror
News podcast: Women take initiative on Cyprus peace process  Cyprus Mail

The Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in local and international – in ...

Cyprus Mail
Help at hand for abused Filipino workers  Cyprus Mail

A GROUP of women from the Philippines living in Cyprus has offered to translate Owaat's self-help website on filing for emergency civil protections into Filipino ...

Cyprus Mail
EUROPE: Cyprus only country not to sign MEPs letter urging UK to stop Brexit  Financial Mirror

Cyprus was the odd man out when more than 120 MEPs from every corner of EU signed heartfelt letter asking the British people to reconsider Brexit.

Financial Mirror
Cyprus Tourism Minister ooffers support for Famagusta district coastal resorts | TornosNews.gr  Tornos News International Edition

Cyprus Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios has said that the Agia Napa marina, under construction, will upgrade the tourist product in the Famagusta ...

Tornos News International Edition
Kyproulla: where sadly, justice has perfect vision  Cyprus Mail

WHEN a few weeks ago, lawyer Nicos Clerides, the brother of the attorney general, wrote in social media that “our courts are controlled by the Chrysafinis and ...

Cyprus Mail
Djokovic clobbers qualifier Krueger to reach second round  Cyprus Mail

Top seed Novak Djokovic looked every inch the Australian Open favourite as he comfortably beat American qualifier Mitchell Krueger 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the ...

Cyprus Mail
Lawyer censured for 'twisted picture' of supreme court (Update2)  Cyprus Mail

By George Psyllides and Elias Hazou. A law firm accused of having an incestuous connection with the island's supreme court, fought back on Monday, rejecting ...

Cyprus Mail
Determined Halep survives Kanepi hurdle to reach second round  Cyprus Mail

Top seed Simona Halep had to summon all of her determination and grit against Kaia Kanepi in a 6-7(2) 6-4 6-2 victory in the Australian Open on Tuesday and ...

Cyprus Mail
Start the New Year with savings through My Emirates Pass  Cyprus Mail

My Emirates Pass is back, offering visitors exclusive membership discounts to more than 500 locations across the UAE. Emirates, the world's largest ...

Cyprus Mail
Annual survey puts Paphos in ten cheapest destinations for Brits  Cyprus Mail

Paphos has been named the ninth best value for money destination for UK holidaymakers by the Post Office Travel Money's yearly Worldwide Holiday Costs ...

Cyprus Mail
Higher education has government's full support, says president  Cyprus Mail

Tertiary education is getting bigger and better, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday, addressing the 25th assembly of university rectors. “We support in ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus named best budget destination for New Year holiday  Kiwi.com

According to a new research, Phapos is the most budget freindly out of 12 resorts. The canaries rank second while Orlando has the best long-haul options.

Kiwi.com
Tender documents for design and build of EuroAsia Interconnector published  Cyprus Mail

The tender documents for the four contracts – worth a combined €3.5bn – for the design and construction of the EuroAsia Interconnector were on Thursday ...

Cyprus Mail
Turkey orders arrest of nearly 200 people over suspected Gulen ties  Cyprus Mail

ISTANBUL, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Turkey ordered the arrest of 192 people over suspected links to the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of ...

Cyprus Mail
Turkey will start drilling around Cyprus, says Cavusoglu | Kathimerini  www.ekathimerini.com

Turkey plans to start drilling for hydrocarbons around Cyprus, the country's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a briefing of a Turkish parliament ...

www.ekathimerini.com
Spurs striker Kane out until March with ankle injury  Cyprus Mail

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be out of action until March after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend's Premier League defeat by Manchester ...

Cyprus Mail
Four Fables and a Queen come to Cyprus  Cyprus Mail

Four stories wrapped in one fable: a comedy in mime and words for eight animals and one queen comes to Limassol on Sunday and is set to entertain families, ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus' role in region 'very much appreciated' says EU's top military adviser  Cyprus Mail

Cyprus is a valuable supporter of regional security and its role is very much appreciated in the international environment, Chairman of the European Union ...

Cyprus Mail
Northern Cyprus slams Greek side for deporting tourists  Hurriyet Daily News

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Jan. 2 warned that it will take action against the Greek Cypriot administration if it continued to stop travelers from ...

Hurriyet Daily News
Cyprus Comic Con 2019: Anthony Daniels headlining  Fantha Tracks

Cyprus Comic Con announces its headline guest, Anthony Daniels.

Fantha Tracks
CYPRUS: The great social insurance contribution rip-off  Financial Mirror

Social insurance contributions have just gone up, but third-country nationals who pay their dues are not entitled to the same pension as Cypriots or EU nationals.

Financial Mirror
AZALEA VILLAS - Another exciting development of luxury villas in the heart of Pafos, brought to you by Aristo Developers  Cyprus Mail

As a pioneer in the real estate and construction industry in Cyprus with an impressive track record of more than 39 years, and with over 300 completed ...

Cyprus Mail
Teams from both sides join forces to clean up vandalised monastery  Cyprus Mail

By Emilia Christofi. Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on Thursday joined forces to protect and preserve the Monastery of St Panteleimonas in the north of the ...

Cyprus Mail
Australian Open: Day two highlights  Cyprus Mail

Jan 15 (Reuters) – Highlights of Tuesday's second day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT):. 0612 BOUCHARD ...

Cyprus Mail
Provocations in Aegean, Cyprus ineffective, says Defense Minister Akar  Hurriyet Daily News

Everyone needs to avoid provocations in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Cyprus “or else the price will be heavy,” the Turkish defense minister said on Dec. 22.

Hurriyet Daily News
Head of EU military committee on Cyprus visit  Cyprus Mail

General Claudio Graziano, the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (Eumc) is currently on a visit to Cyprus, where he will be meeting with ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus woman fined for racist and xenophobic comments on Facebook | Kathimerini  www.ekathimerini.com

A woman was fined 800 euros after a court found her guilty of voicing racist and xenophobic comments on Facebook.

www.ekathimerini.com
English lessons for third country nationals  Cyprus Mail

The Aglantzia municipality is organising English lessons for third country nationals, it was announced on Thursday. The lessons are part of the training, capacity ...

Cyprus Mail
Israel, Greece and Cyprus Back EastMed Gas Pipeline  The Wall Street Journal

Greece, Cyprus and Israel said on Thursday they are ready to proceed with a U.S.-backed pipeline project that would transfer natural gas from the Eastern ...

The Wall Street Journal
Strike by thousands of junior New Zealand doctors cripples hospitals  Cyprus Mail

WELLINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Nearly 80 percent of junior doctors across New Zealand walked off the job at public hospitals on Tuesday after a breakdown ...

Cyprus Mail
Experts approve work of CMP during Cyprus visit  Cyprus Mail

Four prominent experts were in Cyprus this week for an assessment of the work of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP). Following a request from ...

Cyprus Mail
Hidden women of history: Caterina Cornaro, the last queen of Cyprus  The Conversation AU

In a new series, we look at under acknowledged women through the ages. The life of Caterina Cornaro could easily be the plot of a novel or TV drama. One of ...

The Conversation AU
Press freedom is high but there is room for improvement  Cyprus Mail

CYPRUS has a high standing on the press freedom index, compiled every year by the Reporters Without Borders (RWB) group. In 2018 it climbed five places to ...

Cyprus Mail
Frigid cold and snow blanket Cyprus | News  www.ekathimerini.com

Heavy rainfall, snow and frigid temperatures affect Cyprus with temperatures in Nicosia dropping as low as 2 degrees.

www.ekathimerini.com
Cyprus' gas should be marketed through Turkey, Cavusoglu says  Cyprus Mail

Natural gas discovered off Cyprus should be marketed through Turkey or else it would not be a viable project, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has ...

Cyprus Mail
Civil servants say double Gesy payment 'unacceptable'  Cyprus Mail

Labour unions representing public sector employees warned on Monday they will never agree to their members paying in twice to the national health scheme ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus: 31 Syrians who arrived by boat to seek asylum - 570 NEWS  570 News

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus' Civil Defence chief says 31 Syrian migrants who arrived by boat intend to seek asylum in the east Mediterranean island nation.

570 News
A peaceful demonstration against animal cruelty  Cyprus Mail

Post Christmas feast many are thinking about is how to adopt healthier ways of eating. What few think about however, are the hundreds of animals consumed ...

Cyprus Mail
What can you buy for €350,000 in France, Cyprus, Italy and Galway?  The Irish Times

Take5: An Alpine lodge, an Italian church, a Cyprus farmhouse or a Galway bungalow.

The Irish Times
House President says Egypt and Cyprus maintain excellent relations  Cyprus Mail

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris said on Monday that the inauguration of a new cathedral for the Coptic Orthodox Church and one ...

Cyprus Mail
Greek PM Tsipras expected to survive confidence vote  Cyprus Mail

By George Georgiopoulos and Renee Maltezou. Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to survive a parliamentary vote of confidence on ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus Property investment: learn the game or stick to Monopoly  Financial Mirror

The property market in Cyprus was buoyant last year with high levels of sales recorded in both the residential and commercial sectors.

Financial Mirror
Prestigious nomination for Dora Bakoyanni from Cyprus  Greek City Times

The Republic of Cyprus has nominated Dora Bakoyannis for the position of Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, according to a statement issued on ...

Greek City Times
'Cypriots must know EU is backing them'  Cyprus Mail

Cyprus' division is a European issue and must be upgraded to have more importance for the rest of the EU, leader of the European People's Party (EPP) in the ...

Cyprus Mail
Project will map genetic make-up of Armenian community  Cyprus Mail

Members of the Armenian community have been asked to provide DNA samples on Sunday after a Christmas church *service* in Nicosia for research that aims to ...

Cyprus Mail
Cyprus could become an old car dumping ground, importers warn  Cyprus Mail

New car importers warned on Friday that Cyprus risked becoming the dumping ground of old, polluting vehicles from abroad, as they backed a bill imposing ...

Cyprus Mail
 

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Cyprus ( (listen); Greek: Κύπρος [ˈcipros]; Turkish: Kıbrıs [ˈkɯbɾɯs]), officially the Republic of Cyprus (Greek: Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία; Turkish: Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti), is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. Cyprus was settled by Mycenaean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Classical and Eastern Roman Empire, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty and the Venetians, was followed by over three centuries of Ottoman rule between 1571 and 1878 (de jure until 1914).Cyprus was placed under British administration based on the Cyprus Convention in 1878 and was formally annexed by Britain in 1914. While Turkish Cypriots made up 18% of the population, the partition of Cyprus and creation of a Turkish state in the north became a policy of Turkish Cypriot leaders and Turkey in the 1950s. Turkish leaders for a period advocated the annexation of Cyprus to Turkey as Cyprus was considered an "extension of Anatolia" by them; while, since the 19th century, the majority Greek Cypriot population and its Orthodox church had been pursuing union with Greece, which became a Greek national policy in the 1950s. Following nationalist violence in the 1950s, Cyprus was granted independence in 1960. In 1963, the 11-year intercommunal violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots started, which displaced more than 25,000 Turkish Cypriots and brought the end of Turkish Cypriot representation in the republic. On 15 July 1974, a coup d'état was staged by Greek Cypriot nationalists and elements of the Greek military junta in an attempt at enosis, the incorporation of Cyprus into Greece. This action precipitated the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on 20 July, which led to the capture of the present-day territory of Northern Cyprus in the following month, after a ceasefire collapsed, and the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots. A separate Turkish Cypriot state in the north was established by unilateral declaration in 1983; the move was widely condemned by the international community, with Turkey alone recognizing the new state. These events and the resulting political situation are matters of a continuing dispute.The Republic of Cyprus has de jure sovereignty over the entire island, including its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone, with the exception of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, which remain under British control according to the London and Zürich Agreements. However, the Republic of Cyprus is de facto partitioned into two main parts: the area under the effective control of the Republic, located in the south and west, and comprising about 59% of the island's area; and the north, administered by the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, covering about 36% of the island's area. Another nearly 4% of the island's area is covered by the UN buffer zone. The international community considers the northern part of the island as territory of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by Turkish forces. The occupation is viewed as illegal under international law, amounting to illegal occupation of EU territory since Cyprus became a member of the European Union.Cyprus is a major tourist destination in the Mediterranean. With an advanced, high-income economy and a very high Human Development Index, the Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and was a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement until it joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. On 1 January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus joined the eurozone.