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Central Europe: Military Press Operations Focus of Visit to Pentagon

Washington, 14 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Military officers and officials from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland yesterday visited the U.S. Defense Department in connection with a NATO exercise that starts today.

Kenneth Bacon, U.S. Defense Department spokesman, said the officers and officials visited the Pentagon "to learn about military press operations in a democracy."

The group will also watch the NATO Partnership for Peace exercise, named Cooperative Osprey, at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune in the southeastern state of North Carolina.

More than 1,000 troops from some 20 countries, including East Europe and the former Soviet Union, will take part in the three-week exercise. Troops from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands are taking part on the NATO side. Russia is not participating.

The Partnership for Peace program is designed to integrate NATO forces with troops from Eastern European countries in combined peacekeeping maneuvers.