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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cyprus Dismisses Talk

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Cyprus on Tuesday dismissed as a "misunderstanding" U.S. talk of an imminent breakthrough in a military dialogue to reduce tension along the cease-fire line dividing Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

"There has not been any agreement other than that which was already in place, that the military dialogue would continue based on what is stipulated in the relevant resolution of the United Nations," Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides told reporters.

aud set off three weeks of demonstrations last month but the real target of popular outrage is clearly fixed on the ruling couple.

The protesters, for whom Markovic provokes even more anger than her autocratic husband, parade effigies of Milosevic dressed in prison garb and his wife with a devil's tail.

Since his rise to power nine years ago, no personality in Milosevic's circle has been so hated as his wife, a sociology professor and avowed Marxist.

Milosevic once shielded her from the public spotlight but she became more and more prominent since he started to ditch nationalist rhetoric to remake himself as "peacemaker."

During the election campaign, the Zajedno, or Together, opposition coalition found that bashing "Mira" was a big crowd pleaser.

Forsaking nationalism, Milosevic and his wife have returned to slogans of their youth when they met as ambitious members of the Communist Party.

But songs about World War II anti-Nazi partisans sound hollow from the same leadership that plunged the country into a war to build a Greater Serbia.

"I hope they all burn in hell, because there is only one God and he will judge them on their record, and that record is pretty bad." said a student protester called Vesna. "Take a look around you and see what they've done."