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Thursday, 5 March, 1998, 17:17 GMT
EU envoys to Cyprus try to remove deadlock

European Union envoys have been having talks in Nicosia in an effort to avert a crisis over the planned opening of membership negotiations with Cyprus at the end of the month.

The EU foreign relations Commissioner, Hans van den Broek, and the representative of the British EU presidency, David Hannay, are trying to find a way of involving the Turkish Cypriots in the negotiations.

They had talks with the Greek Cypriot President of Cyprus, Glafkos Clerides, but the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, has refused to meet them.

The BBC diplomatic correspondent says opening entry negotiations without the Turkish Cypriots might prompt Turkey to annex the northern part of the divided island.

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