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Cyprus participates in EU operation "Artemis"
2003-07-29 11:11:16

Nicosia, Jul 29 (CNA) Cyprus is participating in Operation "ARTEMIS" at operational Headquarters in Paris, having posted one senior military officer, along with other contributing countries, as part of its contributing to Common Foreign and Security Policy/European Security and Defense Policy (CFSP/ESDP) of the EU.

Operation "ARTEMIS" is the first EU autonomous military-led mission, which has deployed troops in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The EU set up the force in responding to UN Security Council Resolution 1484 of 30 May 2003 establishing under Chapter VII of the UN Charter an interim emergency multinational force aimed at contributing to the stabilisation of the security conditions and the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Bunia.

This is also the first time Cyprus participates in a UN peace operation, an official statement said here Tuesday.|

Operation "ARTEMIS" is the third EU Operation carried out within the framework of ESDP.

Cyprus is also participating in the European Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina with four police officers, under CFSP/ESDP within the field of Civilian Crisis Management.

CNA/EC/MK/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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