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It is believed that the use of the Paphos air base in Cyprus is the most critical part of the agreement for France. "What Cyprus has to offer is infrastructure in the vicinity of war zones," said the source.

Cyprus and France are also close allies and while the invitation to the French to come to an agreement on the use of the air base, it is believed France also wants to deepen its military ties with the island as part of its strategy to develop a strong European military network.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 11:47:11 AM EST
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