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Saturday, September 18, 1999 Published at 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK


World: Europe

Baltic Sea Corps inaugurated in Poland


A ceremony has been held in the Polish port of Szczecin to inaugurate a new military corps comprised of troops from Poland, Germany and Denmark.

The force -- which is to be called the Baltic Sea Corps -- will take part in NATO peacekeeping and rescue missions.

The Polish president, Alexander Kwasniewski, said the force proved that historical divisions had ended in Europe after the Cold War.

The Corps, which will consist of up to fifty thousand troops and have three tank divisions, will be based in Szczecin.

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