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Cyprus government to cut down national service to 14 months

Cyprus government to cut down national service to 14 months

The wheels have been put in motion to cut down National Service after Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides confirmed that a draft legislative proposal was on its way to parliament. Fokaides made the comments following Thursday’s cabinet meeting which gave the green light to cut down the National Service time to 18 months. He would not

Views attributed to US Ambassador not true

The US Embassy in Nicosia issued a press release on Monday in response to Greek Cypriot political parties who disapproved of Turkish military officers attending a social event in the north. Strong criticism was directed at newly appointed US Ambassador Kathleen Ann Doherty and her diplomatic staff, who were seen in photos shaking hands with

Anastasiades:Slim chance of referendum by March

President Nicos Anastasiades does not believe it will be possible to have a referendum on a solution by next March, he was reported as saying on Sunday. According to CyBC, in an interview with the newspaper Reporter, the President said that unless the current situation changes radically, he did not think a referendum could be

US revising Cyprus military standing after 41years

US congress paved the way for more American military equipment to be sold to Cyprus following a revision of its National Defence Authorisation Act for (HR 1735) the Fiscal Year of 2016. Congress had passed the new act with 71 in favour and 25 against meaning that a reassessment of Cyprus’ national defence strategy will

Economic crisis hits army reduction plan

Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides has a mountain to climb if he is to keep the government’s pre-election pledge of reducing army service by the end of government’s current term, in February 2018. A second equally pressing challenge is handling the mountain of rusfeti (special favours) requests landing on Fokaides’ desk every day. Before and after