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Defence Ministry announces cancellation of military exercises
2002-10-27 10:50:24

Nicosia, Oct 27 (CNA) -- The National Guard's annual military exercises, scheduled for next week, have been cancelled, the Defence Ministry officially announced today.

''The Ministry of Defence announces that the planned manoeuvres NIKIFOROS - 2002 by the National Guard from 29 October to 3 November are cancelled,'' a ministry press release said.

The official announcement came after statements by President Glafcos Clerides and Defence Minister Socratis Hasikos that the exercises will not take place.

NIKIFOROS was to have taken place in conjunction with Greek military manoeuvres Toxotis but on Friday Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou announced a Greco-Turkish agreement to postpone all military exercises Athens, Ankara and Nicosia had planned for the coming weeks.|

The ministry press release said that reservists still have to report to their units as planned.

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