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Galko Cuts Slovak Military Presence in Cyprus

As was his wish, defence minister Lubomir Galko has decided to reduce the number of Slovak troops stationed in Cyprus as part of the UNFICYP mission, with Serbia to make up for the reduction.

Galko announced the news yesterday while on a visit to Zagreb in Croatia, while saying the cutting the number of Slovak soldiers there would not change anything in terms of Slovakia’s commitment to the peacekeeping mission there.

Back in March Galko made a public statement that the 200 or so Slovak troops based in Cyprus were almost superfluous and costing too much money, money that his department could not afford. Foreign affairs minister Mikulas Dzurinda was enraged by his comments and lack of tact at the time.

The reduction, probably of around 40 soldiers, is at least a kind of compromise for Galko, who said previously that he wanted Slovakia to concentrate its military presence more on the ISAF mission in Afghanistan and the ALTHEA mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, part of which Slovakia now commands.

5 Comments for “Galko Cuts Slovak Military Presence in Cyprus”

  1. George M

    Fungus …Sky Europe was a consumer scam ….not a flight business.

    If you go go bust with recorded assets of 5 mil euro , and with 165 mil euro of recorded creditors ( with another 50+ mil euro of creditors unconfirmed ) , even a local potato head, rather than any Sherlock Holmes can absorb the maths and do the sums .

    BTW , pass me another peat bog turf, to throw on the fire eh ?

  2. Fergus O'Neill

    Poor poor Georgie Porgie, remember Sky Europe?
    The point you missed, as usual, was investment under the current climate.
    Learn to read, then absorb what has been written, engage brain before putting mouth in gear.

  3. George M

    Well that explains a lot dear Fungus . All those ridiculous answers you gave in this post and all the other The Daily forum posts, were all because you were actually on high on drugs.

    BA as a hub, or feeder , direct etc . Fact is, Ryanair thought it was a great idea (feeder or direct ) a few years ago , well until the Slovak CAA refused to pay them to land there . Then there was Wings or was it WASPS ??….that was knocked out due to low flying birds or something … ?

    Fugus just remember, when you write something quality is better than quantity . Rather like when you are sitting on the Head .

  4. Fergus O'Neill

    George of the Bungle wrote: I note with interest , the Czech Airlines ( did a company ever miss a business opportunity in not using Ba airport, as another flight hub ? ) now fly Ba and DIRECT to Limassol in Cyprus . The problem is , any return flights ( unless the website has changed ) all fly back with a transfer in Praha making the journey back many hours , rather than a 2 hour flight ???? One wonders who thought this one up ??
    Most likely someone who know a damn sight more than you do regarding load management George. Just because a flight goes out full does not mean they all want to come back at the same time unless its a charter flight .

    Why would any airline consider using Bratislava as a Hub airport George?
    Interesting Fact Stanstead handled 24 million passengers in the 12 months to October 2007. Slovenia’s Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport handled 1,524,028 passengers in 2007 while Bratislava I have heard it claimed can cope with 5,000,000 but somehow I think it actually handled at it’s peak more like 5 to 600,000 pax
    Anyway, it does not have the infrastructure required for a hub airport, and is more suited as feeder and direct destination airport. Given the decline in air travel I seriously doubt it would be a viable investment.
    Yours Fungus.
    I actually like the handle you have given me, it reminds that even on Magic Mushrooms a person could make no sense from you…

  5. George M

    Ah coffee time and a look at the local news …….

    I guess there is not much qdos in being the Geek and completing your contracted NATO commitment in a nice warm safe place like Cyprus ….better to be on the world stage and have your young men shot at in Iraq or Afghanistan??

    I note with interest , the Czech Airlines ( did a company ever miss a business opportunity in not using Ba airport, as another flight hub ? ) now fly Ba and DIRECT to Limassol in Cyprus . The problem is , any return flights ( unless the website has changed ) all fly back with a transfer in Praha making the journey back many hours , rather than a 2 hour flight ???? One wonders who thought this one up ??

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