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A multinational exercise kicks off in Delhi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, July 29, IRNA -- The eight-day multinational exercises, 
jointly being co-hosted by US and India on humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief which is provided under UN mandated Peace Keeping 
Operations, kicked off here in South Delhi Thursday. 
An Indian Ministry of Defense spokesman told IRNA on Thursday that
in the exercise code-named "Operation Tempest express", India takes 
on the mantle of a lead nation and reacts to a disaster situation in 
a region previously affected by internal problems. 
The other participating nations include Australia, Bangladesh, 
Brunei, Canada, East Timor, France, Fiji, Germany, India, Indonesia, 
Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, 
Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri 
Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Britain, the US, Vanuatu and Vietnam, 
he said. 
Representatives from the Centre for UN Peace Keeping, NGOs, 
Humanitarian Assistance experts and other UN organizations are also 
participating in the event. 
The exercise will be conducted from July 29 to August 6, 2004, 
the spokesman said. 

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