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Joint military exercise in eastern Med planned

10 April 2013

Israel will be joining South Cyprus for military exercises in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek daily ‘Phileftheros’ reports.

4 or 5 Israeli warships will be sent to the eastern Mediterranean for the joint military exercise beginning on 25th April, South Cyprus Defense Minister, Fotiou confirmed.

The Defence Minister noted that the Greek Cypriots will focus on the security of the eastern Mediterranean region and that of gas companies.

Turkey, which does not recognise the sovereignty of South Cyprus, strongly objects to natural gas exploration being conducted by the South in the Mediterranean. However, in an unexpected announcement at a meeting on Monday, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, said that Turkey now considers it possible to cooperate with Greek Cyprus and Israel in joint energy projects in the Mediterranean, “so long as the political atmosphere allows it.”

According to the daily, Fotiou also said his country is continuing its efforts to join a NATO peace program called Partnership for Peace (PfP). The peace program allows partner countries to develop individual relationships with the NATO military alliance but without becoming NATO members.

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