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Sunday, 5 November, 2000, 13:53 GMT
Swiss host first NATO exercise

Switzerland is hosting a joint exercise with NATO forces for the first time in its history.

The week-long exercise is being held under NATO's Partnership for Peace programme.

Switzerland agreed to join the programme four years ago in a bid to promote collective security in Europe, in the wake of the Cold War.

The Swiss president, Adolf Ogi, said it wasn't the first step toward joining NATO - nor did it threaten Switzerland's traditional status as a neutral country. The exercise, which involves four hundred personnel from nearly twenty countries, aims to teach them how to implement a cease-fire and provide humanitarian assistance under a United Nations mandate.

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