Cyprus - Armed forces



Under the Zürich agreement, Cyprus was to have an army of 2,000 men, of whom 60% were to be Greek and 40% Turkish. Subsequently, the government passed a military conscription law, enlisting men between the ages of 19 and 26 for 26 months of service. The Cypriot national guard comprised 10,000 personnel in 2002, backed by 60,000 reservists in all services. A paramilitary force of 750 men provides police services. About 1,250 troops and advisors from Greece were stationed in the south in 1999. Military spending in 2000 amounted to $370 million or 4.2% of GDP.

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