Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 9

Western news sources reported yesterday that the special U.S. envoy to Cyprus, Carey Cavanaugh, had won a promise from Greek Cypriot authorities to delay by 16 months the delivery to Cyprus of any components of Russian-made air defense missile complexes. U.S. officials had earlier indicated that the missiles could not be made operational for sixteen months in any event, but yesterday’s compromise agreement presumably pushes back that date still further. The missile sale had been denounced by Turkey, which threatened military action to stop it. The sale also caused an outcry in the West, and created tensions between Washington and Moscow. U.S. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said yesterday that Greek Cypriot president Glafcos Clerides and the head of the self-declared Turkish Cypriot state, Rauf Denktash, had also agreed in principle to several other steps aimed at defusing the crisis on the island. Those steps include a pull-back from certain military positions, weapons draw-downs, and a halt to Greek and Turkish military flights over the island. (UPI, January 13; The Washington Post, January 10. See also Monitor, January 13)

Russian Foreign Ministry Pressured on Balkan Policies.