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Tuesday, 31 March, 1998, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Turkish Cypriots "will not hesistate to totally unite" with Turkey

The chairman of the Brussels talks on European Union enlargement, the British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, has said Cyprus's accession to the EU should benefit all communities on the divided island.

But the Turkish Cypriots are angry at the membership moves, and have warned that their self-proclaimed republic of northern Cyprus will not hesitate to unite completely with Turkey.

In another development, a spokesman for the Russian President Yeltsin said he'd told the visiting Greek Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos that Moscow would honour its contract to provide Cyprus with an S-300 anti-missile defence system.

Last week, Turkey warned that deploying the missiles could lead to fighting.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops occupied its northern part in response to a Greek-Cypriot coup backed by Athens.

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