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Cyprus

Defense

The defense, which is based on general military duty with an initial service of 26 months, comprises (2007) 10,000 men and is organized in an army with two light divisions and 150 tanks, a marine division with 17 light combat vessels and an air division with 16 armed helicopters.. The reserves amount to about 60,000 people. Semi-military security forces amount to 750 men. The material is semi-modern and of mainly Western origin. Defense costs increased in 1985-96 from 3.6% to 5.2% of GDP, having fallen to 1.1% in 2006. In the northern part of the island there is an army force of 5,000 men that is not controlled by the state of Cyprus. The majority of conscripts (24 months of initial service) are organized in seven battalions and with 25,000 men in reserve. UN peacekeeping units in Cyprus (UNFICYP) have been reduced; there are still a few observers and crews from Argentina, Hungary, Slovakia and the UK. In addition, Britain has national combat forces in the form of an air defense unit, as well as Greece with an army force of three combat battalions, etc. Turkey has 36,000 men, two infantry divisions, etc., stationed in northern Cyprus. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that CYP stands for Cyprus.

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