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Joint Greek-Turkish disaster response exercise in Athens

Δημοσίευση 16 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:00 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Joint Greek-Turkish disaster response exercise in Athens
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Search and rescue teams from Greece and Turkey on Tuesday held joint exercises focusing on detecting and rescuing earthquake victims trapped under collapsed buildings.

Search and rescue teams from Greece and Turkey on Tuesday held joint exercises focusing on detecting and rescuing earthquake victims trapped under collapsed buildings.

The exercise, under the coordination of the general secretariat for civil protection, took place at an abandoned factory building in the greater Athens region, in the presence of Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis.

Papoutsis stressed that this was the first joint Greek-Turkish search and rescue exercise, adding that it is a political initiative that has the warm support of Greek leadership.

The joint exercise was held within the framework of the implementation of a protocol signed in Nov. 2001 between the two countries, aimed at setting up a joint standby disaster response Unit (JHET-SDRU) and a memorandum signed between the United Nations, Greece and Turkey in Sept. 2002.