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29 January, 2002
The government on Monday referred to the same-day statements by Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides regarding various press reports alleging US pressure to remove Russian-made helicopters from the island republic.
Earlier, Clerides categorically denied press reports claiming that the US ambassador in Nicosia called on the Cyprus government to remove specific National Guard weapon systems.
In a written statement read out by the Cypriot government spokesman, Clerides said no decision was taken or will be taken for the removal of any weapons belonging to Cyprus' forces.
Source: Athens News Agency