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    NATO -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation -- is conducting large-scale exercises in eastern Turkey this week, along with country's border with Greece.

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    NATO -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation -- is conducting large-scale exercises in eastern Turkey this week, along with country's border with Greece.

    Seven nations -- including Britain, the United States and Turkey -- are taking part in the manoeuvres, code-named "Deep Express 75". The exercises began on 12 September and continue until 29 September. On Thursday (25 September) Turkish forces aboard the British assault carrier Hermes staged a mock landing from the Aegean Sea, while other units simulated battle conditions on shore.

    "Deep Express 75" is designed to test NATO strength in the area following the strains imposed by Turkey's invasion of Cyprus last year. Observers from all NATO nations are attending the manoeuvres, including General Alexander Heig, Supreme Allied Commander in Southern Europe.

    No Greek forces, however, have joined the exercise. Tension between Greece and Turkey has remained high since last year's Cyprus conflict, but newsmen were told at a special briefing that Greece had raised no objections to the manoeuvres ... which are taking place in an area over which Greece and Turkey have disputed for many years.

    Greek approval for "Deep Express 75" adds strength to Turkey's case for a resumption of United States' military supplies. The U.S. Congress will meet in the next few days to consider lifting the Turkish arms ban, imposed following the Cyprus invasion. Turkish officials have worked hard to drum up support for their case -- and the timing of the current NATO exercises, in which Turkish forces are playing a major part, illustrates the vital role Turkey plays on NATO's vulnerable southern flank. For Turkey, the exercise has as much political significance as military.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7J83JLFZEZ6GX09XE7L2MVTH0
    Media URN:
    VLVA7J83JLFZEZ6GX09XE7L2MVTH0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
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    N/A

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