Greek Cyprus cancels annual military exercise

Greek Cypruiot defense ministry says annual war games have been canceled again this year to avoid ratcheting up tensions amid ongoing talks to reunify the ethnically split island.

The ministry said in a statement on Monday that the decision to call off this week’s three-day maneuvers was taken even though Turkey hasn’t said it would also cancel a military exercise it holds jointly with Turkish Cyprus.

The ministry said it expects Turkey to follow suit.

Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey intervened after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

 

 

 

 

18 October 2011, Tuesday / AP, NICOSIA