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Report: Israel to use warships in joint exercise with Greek Cyprus

9 April 2013, Tuesday /TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL
Israel is set to send warships to the eastern Mediterranean for a joint military exercise with Greek Cyprus, according to a news report that appeared in the Greek Fileleftheros daily.

Greek Cyprus Defense Minister Fotis Fotiou confirmed that the joint exercise, which will include the participation of four or five Israeli warships, is due to start on April 25, according to the Greek daily.

Fotiou also noted that the Greek Cypriot will focus on the security of the eastern Mediterranean region and that of gas companies.

Turkey, which does not recognize Greek Cyprus as a sovereign country, strongly objects to natural gas exploration being conducted by Greek Cyprus in the Mediterranean. However, in an unexpected announcement at a meeting on Monday, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said that Turkey now considers it possible to cooperate with Greek Cyprus and Israel in joint energy projects in the Mediterranean “so long as the political atmosphere allows it.”

According to the daily, Fotiou also said his country is continuing its efforts to join a NATO peace program called Partnership for Peace (PfP). The peace program allows partner countries to develop individual relationships with the NATO military alliance but without becoming NATO members.

LOL enlightenment and humanity the west do you mean the mass murder of innocent babies by their own mothers which kills millions annually(ABORTIONS). Or the evil state terrorist aggressions that has killed milions in korea, cambodia,laos.vietnam,panama,afghnaistan, iraq yeah the western regimes and ...
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IF ever the word "provocation" has real meaning this is it: there is no good reason,no justifiable need, what so ever, for Israel to send warships to exercise with those of Greek Cyprus-except to fulfill the meaning of that word in its worst sense. Israel is an enemy of enlightenment, justice and hu...
Israel and Cyprus are a part of the Western civilization, enlightenment and humanity and their alliance is quite natural as is Turkey's alliance with Hamas, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Turkmenistan,........
David M
This is excellent move by Israel. Israel should be getting allied with all non Muslim countries in region. Like Armenia, Greece and Cyprus.
That is really surprising. You mean, instead of sending rowing boats or a fishing boat, the Israelis actually send a warship to a military exercise? Thank you, zaman, for alerting us to this surprising detail!
This is a good move on Israel's part and shatters the myth that Israel is without allies. As for Turkey not recognizing Greek Cyprus, perhaps the Turkish occupation of the northern part of the island has swayed its opinion?
Which one? One warship? or two warships? or all three warships :D it's irrelevant....
These acts underimene Turkey's will to have friendly relation with Israel, this is a treasonous act towards Turkey
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