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Can anyone find confirmation that this is for real? All I can find on Google News is this article from the Turkish daily Hürriyet, which is not exactly authoritative.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 11:20:29 AM EST
France in military talks with Cyprus  

However the deal could be marred by Turkey if Ankara decides to raise objections. Turkey has repeatedly blocked or tried to block any military involvement by Cyprus in international organisations but France is unlikely to bow to Turkish pressure on the issue.



The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)
by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 11:34:02 AM EST
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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.



Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 11:47:11 AM EST
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..........as part of its strategy to develop a strong European military network.

France is forcing the EU towards a stronger military network?  Arrgh...building a new empire....

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 02:43:00 PM EST
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France is getting ready for the EU to ditch NATO.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 03:05:43 PM EST
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I suspect this is just logistics related to the Lebanon crisis.

French warships have been cruising off the coasts of Lebanon since the beginning of the conflict last month. The French government has chartered ferry ships and air flights to evacuate civilians from Lebanon (under warship protection); all of these stop in Cyprus first. That's just geography.

Having a supply base here makes sense, especially if French troops are to be deployed in south Lebanon.

Just my EUR 0.02

by Bernard on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 06:15:40 PM EST
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What, you don't trust the Moonies as a news source? Come on!
by Upstate NY on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 11:39:32 AM EST
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I'm sure you saw the report about the Senate dining room going back to serving French fries.

So all I'm going to say is that the timing sure looks suspicious...

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 12:12:55 PM EST
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I was just joking. Anything to come out of the Washtimes is certainly suspect.
by Upstate NY on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 12:21:41 PM EST
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I guess my snark might have been kind of oblique, I didn't mean to suggest I was taking youyr comment at face value. Sorry.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 12:26:56 PM EST
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LOL, and here I thought they were!
by Upstate NY on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 05:38:14 PM EST
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