Cyprus. According to
Countryaah official website, the Russian anti-aircraft missiles that Cyprus
had decided at the end of 1998 following threats from Turkey
to refrain from deploying on the divided island were
reported in April to have been mounted on the Greek island
of Crete. Under the agreements reached by the Greek Cypriots
with Greece and with the Russian manufacturer Rozvoorouzjenije, the fully functional missiles would remain
in Greek Cypriot ownership but would be under Greek control.
In early December, Cyprus President Glafkos Klerides and
Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash held talks under UN
leadership in New York. It was the first time the parties
had negotiated since 1997.
The EU stated at the December summit that Cyprus could
join the Union even if the island is still divided. This
meant a turnaround that was made possible by Greece's change
of attitude on the issue. Previously, Greece had demanded
that Cyprus be admitted as a united country. The idea is
that Cyprus should be ready for membership in 2003.
Two Israeli agents, who had been arrested in Cyprus in
1998, were pardoned in August on the grounds that it was in
the interest of the nation. They were both sentenced to
three years in prison.