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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 96-10-09
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
 CYPRIOT ARMY WILL CONTINUE TO BE REINFORCED UNTIL OCCUPYING ARMY LEAVES, CLERIDES SAYSThe final phase of the National Guard's Military exercise "Nikiforos" was staged Tuesday (8.10.1996) involving manoeuvres in which an imaginary invader was repelled and land was recaptured.
In the operations two Greek F-16 fighters and two Corsair A-7 bombers took part, using live ammunition directed at mock targets. For the first time 25 Greek parachutists were dropped from C-130 aircraft to participate in the exercise southeast of the capital Nicosia. Four Greek navy vessels and a submarine were also anchored near Cypriot ports.
Tuesday's exercises were watched by President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides and the political and military leadership of the island.
Speaking to reporters President Clerides said: "We shall continue to strengthen the National Guard, a strong National Guard and the Joint Defence Doctrine will remain in existence, unless the Turkish occupying Attila forces decide to withdraw peacefully from the island". "Nikiforos" ended officially Wednesday (9.10.1996) with a military parade in the town of Larnaca, where President Clerides took the salute.
In a statement after the parade President Clerides said he was satisfied that the National Guard will be capable and ready to defend the country if such an occasion arose and he emphasised again the importance of the Joint Defence Doctrine with Greece as a necessary defence dogma for Cyprus.
 CYPRUS HOSTS INTERNATIONAL LABOUR SEMINAR WITH ILOAn International Labour Organisation (ILO) Seminar is being organised, in co-operation with the Cyprus Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, for Central and Eastern European countries, to help them along the process of reconstruction. The 8-day seminar focuses for the first time, on labour relations, administration, tripartite relations and social dialogue in the context of the countries' future accession to the European Union.
About 28 senior labour officials from eleven countries, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Malta are participating.
This is the fourth Seminar for Central and Eastern European countries and the 11th such meeting Cyprus has organised with the ILO. Opening the seminar Wednesday (9.10.1996) Cyprus Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Andreas Mousiouttas said the seminar hopes to pass on "knowledge and skills to participants, to help them cope effectively and efficiently with the new role they are called upon to fulfil in their respective countries".
 CYPRUS IN EUROPEAN UNION MOSAICS PROJECTThe western Cyprus town of Paphos, famed for its ancient antiquities and especially its Greek and Roman mosaics, will be a participant in an EU project, "Mediterranean Mosaics", which is part of the ECOS-Overture Programme.
The project will establish a network of Mediterranean countries with important historical heritage and will promote mosaics as part of their common cultural heritage.
The mosaics of these countries will be registered and evaluated, while their restoration, maintenace and the production of replicas will be taught through educational seminars.
The project is coordinated by the municipalities of Litochoro and Dios of central Macedonia (Greece) and sponsored by the municipalities of Salonica (Greece), Carthagene (Spain), Cefalu and Adriano (Italy) and Mabada (Jordan).
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/