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Seven states wish to participate in NATO center for cyber defense in Estonia

12.11.2007

TALLINN, Nov 12, BNS - Seven countries have expressed the wish so far to participate in the work of the NATO Center of Excellence in Cooperative Cyber Defense to be set up in Estonia.

In the words of Minister of Defense Jaak Aaviksoo these countries are the United States, Spain, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Poland, spokespeople for the Estonian General Staff told BNS.

"Estonia has drafted two cooperation agreements, one of which will be signed between the countries that have expressed the wish to take part in the NATO Center of Excellence in Cooperative Cyber Defense and the other between NATO as an organization and the countries taking part in the center of excellence," Aaviksoo said.

In January 2008 a final discussion of the texts of the agreements involving all the participating countries will take place, the minister added.

After the cooperation agreements have been signed military personnel and experts also from other NATO member states will serve at the center for cyber defense in Estonia.

The creation of a center of excellence in cyber defense became especially urgent after the cyber attacks against Estonia this spring.

The proposal to establish a NATO Center of Excellence in Cooperative Cyber Defense was made by Estonia back in 2004.

Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8814, sise@bns.ee

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