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Greek army chief says Cyprus' security a component of strategic dogma
2006-04-10 14:32:03

Nicosia, Apr 10 (CNA) - Greece's active contribution to Cyprus' security is a goal of the Greek national defence policy and a component of the country's strategic dogma, Chief of the Greek National Defence General Staff, Admiral Panayiotis Hinofotis has said.

Hinofotis, who is paying an official visit to Cyprus, visited the National Guard General Staff, where he held separate meetings with Cyprus' Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Constantinos Bisbikas and Cypriot Defence Minister Kyriakos Mavronicolas, and was briefed on the state of the National Guard.

Addressing officials of the National Guard, Hinofotis said his visit to the island shows the unreserved interest of Greece in the security of the Hellenism of Cyprus and in general in the security of the Republic of Cyprus and also indicates the excellent cooperation, continued coordination and close relations between the chiefs of the Greek and Cypriot armed forces.

''Greece's active contribution to Cyprus' security is a goal of the national defence policy, a component of the country's strategic dogma and is included in the guidelines of the armed forces defence planning, in the framework of the more effective implementation of the Joint Defence Pact,'' he added.

Bisbikas said that ''despite the improvement of the security climate from Cyprus' accession to the EU, the military environment on the island has not changed, since the Turkish occupation forces continue to improve both in quality and quantity and present a continuous threat.''

He noted that this creates the need to be vigilant and alert and for increased operational readiness and fighting capability of the army, adding that ''in this context we are taking all the necessary measures to counterbalance the quantity we never had with the quality which is within our measures.''

Bisbikas added that ''we seek in cooperation with the Greek National Defence General Staff to improve preconditions and infrastructure for the unimpeded implementation of the Joint Defence Pact, which contributes considerably to security and to the defence of the island.''

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