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Greece prepares military exercise with Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania

30 April 2007, 16:12 CET

(ATHENS) - Greece is preparing to host military exercises from May 7 to 19 with a new battle group that includes Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania, its general staff announced Monday.

After map-based exercise for the first five days, 1,200 soldiers and police officers will take part in the manoeuvres in the northern Askos region.

The Evrop II-07 exercise is designed to test the participants' readiness to handle humanitarian operations including the evacuation of the civilian population.

The HELBROC battle group that unites the countries was drawn up under the auspices of a European Union initiative to create relatively small forces that can deploy rapidly to deal with crises.

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