The Theme of Cyprus (Greek:θέμα Κύπρου, thema Kyprou) was a Byzantine military-civilian province, located in the island of Cyprus, established in the 960s after the reconquest of Cyprus by the Byzantine navy. Prior to this the island had been a Byzantine-Arabcondominium for three centuries, except occasional short periods where it was occupied by either power. A rebellion by governor Theophilos Erotikos in 1042, and another in 1092 by Rhapsomates, failed as they were quickly subdued by imperial forces. At the end of the 12th century there were again separatist tendencies in Cyprus: Isaac Komnenos of Cyprus proclaimed himself as "basileus" (emperor) in 1185. Cyprus remained under his command until its conquest from Richard I of England in 1191.
Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent assertion that the only way to resolve the Cyprus dispute is a two-state solution may have just muddied the waters further, rather than helping resolve Europe’s longest-running frozen conflict ... Conflicting claims to Cyprus’ political status and natural resources go back more than a century.
Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed an offer by Greece for a federation system to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus... “There no longer is a way out for Cyprus other than the two-state solution,” Erdogan said during an address to his ruling party members ... Cyprus FM accuses Turkey of using gunboat diplomacy to promote own interests.
Greece, Britain and Turkey are guarantor powers of Cyprus's independence and would need to sign off on any peace deal ... That formula implies Turkish Cypriot sovereign authority which Greek Cypriots - who represent the whole of Cyprus internationally - refuse to discuss.
The UK and Cyprus have discussed efforts to revive talks that seek to reunify the Mediterranean island. Britain's top diplomat Dominic Raab urged rival Cyprus leaders to "seize the opportunity" to revive frozen peace talks at an upcoming UN summit as he visited the divided island Thursday.
Ahead of the informal five-party conference on the Cyprus issue early next month, ... “Today in Cyprus there are two communities, two peoples, two states ... He said they discussed the upcoming meeting on Cyprus, given that both countries are guarantor powers of the island republic.