Updated: 23-Jul-2003 NATO Press Releases

(2003) 087

23 July 2003

Statement by the Secretary General of NATO

The Secretary General of NATO, Lord Robertson, is pleased to be able to announce that the talks he has held with the Permanent Representatives of Greece and Turkey on confidence-building measures have led to two further agreements, following an earlier one on mutual notification of exercise schedules.

The two countries have agreed on cooperation between their National Defence Colleges, for example in the field of science and on subjects of mutual interest, such as NATO issues, military doctrines, crisis management, peacekeeping, natural disasters, environmental issues and others.

They have also agreed on an exchange of personnel for training purposes in the PfP Training Centres of the two countries. It is proposed, in particular, that three to five Turkish officers should be sent for training to the PfP training centre in Kilkis, and an equivalent number of Greek officers to the PfP training centre in Ankara.

The talks will continue with the aim of agreeing additional confidence-building measures on the basis of a list of possible measures which both countries agreed to discuss.

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