Defence Minister happy with army progress

Confident of the country's direction towards the Nato membership Defence Minister Jozef Stank said yesterday at an army officials' meeting that "with confidence and pride we can look into the future".

Stank also said that in 2003 the conscription period, to be abolished by 2006, will be shortened from nine to six months.

The minister added that he was willing to postpone the tender for purchase of new army planes until after the parliamentary elections in September 2002 "provided that it proves impossible to avoid politicising the process in the pre-election struggle".

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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