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Defence in the media: Saturday 11 August 2018

Today’s defence-related news includes coverage of compensation claims from the Cyprus Emergency.

Cyprus claims

The Daily Express has published a story about a veteran who served in Cyprus in the 1950s and 60s, at the time of the Cyprus emergency, where a Cypriot insurgency group fought against British rule. A number of claimants have a case at the High Court asking for compensation from the British Government.

A Government spokesperson said:

The claim we are currently defending is for compensation, not a criminal investigation. No veterans are required to take part in the Government’s defence and any discussions they voluntarily take part in will be strictly confidential.

We recognise the concerns people have raised over historic allegations, and that’s why the Defence Secretary recently created a dedicated team within the MOD to consider this important issue and advise on the way forward.