The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe announced 17 November 1997 that NATO and partner nations would conduct NATO and Partnership for Peace Exercise COOPERATIVE DEMAND in Istanbul, Turkey from 1 to 5 December 1997. Personnel from three NATO and eight partner nations formed a multinational brigade headquarters for this command post exercise to train in peace support operations. NATO nations of Portugal, Turkey and United States and partner nations of Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(1), Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Romania and Uzbekistan participated in this exercise. Ukraine will have observer status only.
The exercise aimed to develop a common understanding of peace support operations and to enhance military interoperability by training Commanders and staffs of NATO and Partner nations in the staff procedures required to conduct multinational conflict prevention and humanitarian operations with differently equipped, organised and doctrinally orientated units. The exercise, scheduled by Commander in Chief Allied Southern Europe, was conducted by Commander, Allied Land Forces Southeastern Europe.
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