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Major NATO military communications exercise ends in Armenia

RIA Novosti

10/05/2007 12:33 YEREVAN, May 10 (RIA Novosti) - A 13-day NATO exercise involving more than a thousand military communications specialists from 42 nations has finished in Armenia Thursday.

Combined Endeavor 2007 is a U.S. European Command-sponsored exercise that brings NATO, Partnership for Peace (PfP) and other nations together to practice interoperability of command, control, communications and computer systems from participating nations in preparation for future combined humanitarian, peacekeeping and disaster relief operations.

"As we round up the exercise, we can say that the regular multinational exercise was held at a high professional and organizational level, achieving its objectives," said Armen Baburyan, the head of the department of communications and computer-aided systems at Armenia's General Staff.

This year, Armenia, as a primary operational zone, hosted military delegations from Croatia, France, Russia, Georgia and the United States, while the rest of the participants operated out of Baumholder, Germany.

Armenia has been a full participant in the exercises for the last five years and is expected to become the main host country for Combined Endeavor starting in 2008.

Combined Endeavor began in 1995 as a simple effort to bring NATO and former Warsaw-pact countries together under the auspices of Partnership for Peace, and has been held annually since then.

This year's war games started April 27.

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