YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Over 100 army servicemen from 30 countries gathered in Yerevan on Wednesday to take part in the main planning conference of NATO’s Cooperative Lancer and Longbow War Games scheduled to take place in Armenia in August 2008.
The planning conference, which brought to Armenia representatives from 37 NATO countries and 63 from 21 non-NATO countries is set to outline the upcoming military exercises that will take place in Armenia and is set to go on until Friday.
The following states are among those with representatives at the conference: 7 delegates from NATO member states Canada, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, UK and USA; 13 from the Partnership for Peace program (PFP), which includes Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland and Ukraine; and 1 delegate from the United Arab Emirates is attending the conference on behalf of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
In his opening remarks to the conference, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces Major General Arshaluys Paytyan spoke of the significance of the conference and outlined the agenda for the remained of the week.
"This will be the first exercise of such volume in this region and it is an honor for Armenia to host it," Paytyan told the conference.
The Cooperative Longbow 2008 is a NATO/PFP Command Post Exercise that will focus on Rapid Crisis Response Operations in the framework of a Multinational Brigade. The Longbow 2008 military exercises will have participating in it about 350 officers, warrant officers and non commissioned officers
The Cooperative Lancer 2008 is a NATO/PFP Field Training Exercise for a Multinational Battalion. The Exercise will consist of three stages, which will provide participating troops with peacekeeping and infantry experience. Lancer 2008 will have 800 officers, warrant officers, non commissioned officers and privates participating in its exercises.
Armenian Armed Forces Chief of Staff First Deputy Defense Minister Lieutenant-General Yuri Khachaturov is scheduled to participate in the NATO general staff chiefs’ session in the spring, according to Ministry of Defense Spokesman Seyran Shahsuvaryan.
Khachaturov will also participate in the general session of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council’s Military Committee, he said.