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Top EU Military Chief Visits Cyprus

ton van osch in cyprusDirector General of the European Union Military Staff is set to visit Cyprus on February 2nd.

Lieutenant General Ton Van Osch will stay for three days, and will hold talks with National Guard head Peter Tsalikidis "on issues of common interest," said the government in a statement.

He will be briefed on the National Guard's mission and work, and will also visit the foreign and defence ministers.

Van Osch's visit closely follow's German Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to Cyprus, which was based on concerns that NATO and the EU are unable to cooperate on security issues because of the Cyprus problem. NATO members Greece and Turkey continue to hold opposing positions on Cyprus.

From 2007-2010, Van Osch was the Netherlands Representative to NATO.

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