Mediterranean states in military cooperation

Defence ministers from 10 European, North African countries to create joint military training school.

Mediterranean states in military cooperation
Defence ministers from 10 European and North African countries bordering the Mediterranean announced Monday they would create a joint military training school that will likely be based in France.

"To react in common we need to think in common," said Italian Defence Minister Arturo Parisi at a meeting of Mediterranean defence ministers in the Sardinian capital Cagliari.

France is expected to propose the specifics on establishing the school in 2008, said Parisi, whose country holds the group's rotating presidency this year.

The countries will also establish another joint military center next year in strategic analysis, in Tunis, and are debating yet another one on demining techniques, Parisi said.

Created in 2004, the defense group gathers five European countries -- Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta -- and five North African ones (Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya).

Armed forces of participating nations cooperate in three areas: maritime surveillance, civil protection and aviation security.

Libya takes over the rotating presidency in January.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Aralık 2007, 16:51
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