Cyprus to Cancel Military Exercises

The Republic of Cyprus has decided to cancel ”Nikiforos – 2011” the military exercise, expecting Turkey to follow suit and cancel its military exercise ”Taurus”.

An official press release, issued today, said that the Republic had proposed to the UN the cancellation of both the exercise “Nikoforos” as well as of the Turkish military exercise ”Taurus.”

It is added that despite the fact that Turkey has not replied to the proposal of the Republic of Cyprus, the latter has decided, in view of the negotiations on the Cyprus problem and the need to maintain calmness and normality in the region without tension, that the exercise will not take place.

”The Republic of Cyprus expects Turkey to respond to its proposal,” the press release concluded.

Nikiforos is the annual military man oeuvres of the National Guard. The exercise has not taken place in the past few years, following government decisions to cancel it.