08 November, 2006
The first joint Greek-Turkish exercise aimed at handling natural disasters began in Ankara on Monday. A 15-member Greek search and rescue team is participating in the exercise.
The exercise's scenario calls for the tackling of an earthquake in Ankara, measuring 7.7 points on the Richter scale.
According to the scenario, following an appeal by the Turkish foreign ministry, the Greek search and rescue team comes to Ankara and cooperates with the corresponding Turkish military's forces responsible for handling natural disasters.
The decision on the joint exercise had been taken last June during the visit paid to Turkey by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, where she had held talks with her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.
The exercise will last until November 10.
Source: Athens News Agency