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Italy's Eni makes Cyprus debut

MILAN, Italy, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Italian energy company Eni announced it was awarded three exploration blocks in the deep waters off Cyprus.

Lebanon, Cyprus agree on natural gas work

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Lebanese and Cypriot governments have agreed to increase cooperation in the offshore natural gas sector, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said.

Lebanon, Cyprus to review offshore energy

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Cyprus President Demetris Christofias announced plans to examine offshore Lebanon oil and natural gas potential during a trip to Beirut this week.

EU lays out 'blue economy' agenda

LIMASSOL, Cyprus, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The European Union this week adopted a new "Blue Economy" agenda aimed at creating new jobs in the ocean renewable energy and other maritime sectors.
Israeli jets 'buzz Turkish drill ship'

Israeli jets 'buzz Turkish drill ship'

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Israeli planes reportedly buzzed a Turkish ship exploring for natural gas off Cyprus amid a tense confrontation over the region's rich offshore gas reserves.

Cypriot leaders back at table

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The presidents of the Greek and Turkish sections of Cyprus returned to the negotiating table Tuesday after a three-week hiatus.

Opposition snubs Cyprus president

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Cypriot President Demetris Christofias tried to revitalize his government and reach out to the opposition but was left with a new Cabinet much like the old one.

Greek Cypriot Orthodox church in tax feud

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 24 (UPI) -- A war of words has developed between the Greek Cypriot president and the leader of the island's Orthodox church over its tax status.

Cyprus peace talks postponed a week

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Cyprus peace talks set for Thursday were postponed after a Greek Cypriot pilgrimage to the island's Turkish Cypriot north was canceled, Greek Cypriots said.

Cypriot leaders resume unification talks

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders met Wednesday for United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at unifying the island.

Cyprus reunification talks set

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 19 (UPI) -- Talks regarding the reunification of the island of Cyprus will take place at the end of June, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said Saturday.

U.N. clears Ledra crossing for opening

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 27 (UPI) -- Officials completed an ordnance sweep in preparation for the opening of the Ledra Street crossing point in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Cypriots pave way for unity talks

ANKARA, Turkey, March 21 (UPI) -- Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to take steps together to begin negotiations for a Cyprus reunification.

Cyprus leader warns against U.N. plan

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 14 (UPI) -- The leader of the Greek population in Cyprus said Friday that reunification talks would be further stalled if Turkish Cypriots moved ahead with a U.N. plan.

Report: Christofias wins Cyprus presidency

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Communist Party leader Demetris Christofias won Sunday's second round of presidential elections in Cyprus, it was reported.
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Dimitris Christofias also Demetris (Greek: Δημήτρης Χριστόφιας) (born 29 August 1946) is a left-wing Greek Cypriot politician and the current and sixth President of the Republic of Cyprus. Christofias was the General Secretary of AKEL and is Cyprus's first, and the European Union's first and so far only, communist head of state. He won the 2008 Cypriot presidential elections in the second round of voting. Throughout the election campaign, he pledged to restart talks with Turkish Cypriots in order to find a solution to the Cyprus dispute and reunify the island. He has also supported the closure of the British military bases on Cyprus.

He was born on 29 August 1946 in the village of Dhikomo, Kyrenia. Christofias became involved in leftist politics early in his youth and held several positions with the youth movement of AKEL (the Progressive Party of the Working People of Cyprus). His father, who died in 1987, was a progressive builder, member of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour (PEO).

He had his secondary-school education at Nicosia Commercial Lyceum, from where he graduated in 1964.

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