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Thursday, August 27, 1998 Published at 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK

World: Europe

Cyprus say no delay in missile deployment

The Greek Cypriot president of Cyprus, Glafkos Klerides, has said he will go ahead with plans to deploy controversial anti-aircraft missiles on the divided Mediterranean island, despite international pressure to cancel or at least postpone the deal.

President Klerides re-affirmed his decision after holding talks with the Greek prime minister, Costas Simitis, in Athens.

Turkey has described the Russian-made weapons as a threat to the island's Turkish-Cypriot community.

Mr Klerides insists that the missile system is purely defensive.

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