The annual Cypriot military exercise “Nikiforos” has been cancelled this year. The Turkish Cypriot side has reciprocated by cancelling the annual exercise “Toros” by the Turkish occupational forces. The Turkish Cypriot side announced that with this move it wishes to contribute to the improvement of the political atmosphere between the two sides while talks continue.
Several days ago Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Talat has announced that the Turkish side would cancel its military exercises if the Greek Cypriot Nikiforos exercise was cancelled.
The Greek Cypriot side stated that the cancellation of both exercises was proposed by Greek Cypriot President Christofias to the UN Secretary General.