The Minister of National Defence Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos following the completion of the final phase of Joint Exercise “MEDOUSA 9”, held in the wider region of Crete, with the participation of the Armed Forces of Greece-Cyprus –Egypt, made the following address:
“ We have just observed here in the wider sea region of Maleme , Chania , the final phase of the extended Joint Exercise “MEDOUSA 9” , held with the participation of the Armed Forces of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. This full spectrum exercise was attended by more than two thousand members of the Armed Forces of the three countries, dozens of sea vessels, fighter aircraft, helicopters and units of the Special Forces.
Greeks, Cypriots and Egyptians, for a few days now until today’s final phase , have executed a variety of exercises, they have operated together, they were coordinated together and they have demonstrated an excellent level of readiness, as well as the battle-worthiness of the Armed Forces of the three countries.
This Exercise demonstrates in action the common desire and the strong will of the three countries to map out a course as guarantors and providers of security and stability in the wider region.
I would like to congratulate all members of the Armed Forces of all Services of the three countries involved in this exercise.
We have observed the Greek helicopters take off from the Egyptian helicopter carrier, we have observed men of the Special Forces of all three countries exercising together, making a joint effort. We have observed aircraft of the Hellenic Air Force, as well as Egyptian aircraft operating side by side and being coordinated together, executing their part of the exercise. We have observed more than two thousand members of all three countries in a jointly coordinated, hence difficult to coordinate, but finally successful effort.
They all deserve to be congratulated on, and I believe that we can all aspire to a more secure, to a better future, since all these three countries have jointly decided that they will cooperate and follow the same course in the mapping out of peace, security and stability in our region.
The Minister of Defence of Cyprus Mr. Savvas Aggelidis delivered the following address:
“ Taking my turn I would like to congratulate all participants of this joint Exercise, whose level of difficulty was very high, taking into consideration the different languages and practices followed by the three Armed Forces of the three countries.
We have proved, however, that when united we can achieve a lot and I believe that the message conveyed today is the message of unity, much needed to promote peace, stability and prosperity in our region.
On this occasion I would like to cordially thank you for the hospitality and stress the fact that what we discussed yesterday at a political level has been implemented today. This gives us the strength to continue pursuing our aspirations to promote our principles and values, aiming to achieve stability and peace in our region .