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Thursday, June 25, 1998 Published at 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK

World: Europe

Greek president visits Cyprus

The President of Greece, Costis Stephanopoulos, is in Cyprus for the first official visit by a Greek head of state to the divided island.

It comes at a time of heightened tensions with Turkey over the increasingly close ties between Athens and Nicosia.

The President of Cyprus, Glafcos Clerides, said the visit was taking place at perhaps the most crucial moment since the invasion of northern Cyprus by Turkey in 1974.

Mr Stephanopoulos said Greece would continue to search for a peaceful solution, but was also determined to strengthen military co-operation so long as there was a Turkish threat.

The Turkish president Suleiman Demirel is expected to visit northern Cyprus on Sunday.

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