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Yearbook 1999

Cyprus. According to Countryaah official website, the Russian anti-aircraft missiles that Cyprus had decided at the end of 1998 following threats from Turkey to refrain from deploying on the divided island were reported in April to have been mounted on the Greek island of Crete. Under the agreements reached by the Greek Cypriots with Greece and with the Russian manufacturer Rozvoorouzjenije, the fully functional missiles would remain in Greek Cypriot ownership but would be under Greek control.

1999 Cyprus

In early December, Cyprus President Glafkos Klerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash held talks under UN leadership in New York. It was the first time the parties had negotiated since 1997.

The EU stated at the December summit that Cyprus could join the Union even if the island is still divided. This meant a turnaround that was made possible by Greece's change of attitude on the issue. Previously, Greece had demanded that Cyprus be admitted as a united country. The idea is that Cyprus should be ready for membership in 2003.

Two Israeli agents, who had been arrested in Cyprus in 1998, were pardoned in August on the grounds that it was in the interest of the nation. They were both sentenced to three years in prison.

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