The Greek Defense Ministry announced plans for a new civil defense system because of a perceived threat from Turkey. Alternate Defense Minister Antonis Drossoyannis said the new system will encompass the Evros region of northern Greece and the eastern Aegean islands, close to the Turkish coast. Greece stationed troops in the eastern Aegean Sea after Turkish forces invaded Cyprus in 1974. The two countries, both members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, have long-running disputes concerning military control of the Aegean region.
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