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Saturday, June 20, 1998 Published at 04:11 GMT 05:11 UK

World: Europe

UN calls on Greece and Turkey to exercise restraint

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has called on Greece and Turkey to refrain from actions that could further exacerbate tension in Cyprus, which has been rising since the two countries sent warplanes to visit the rival parts of the divided island.

Mr Annan said he was sending the UN special envoy Diego Cordovez to explore the possibilities of a settlement to the dispute, which has lasted more than twenty years.

Both the EU and the United States are also sending their special envoys to Cyprus.

Military tensions on Cyprus began to rise after the Greek Cypriot government announced it was installing Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles.

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