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Niinistö: Conscription remains cornerstone of Finnish Defence

President addresses annual Defence Forces Parade

President Sauli Niinistö emphasised in his first speech as Commander-in-Chief at the annual Finnish Defence Forces Day Parade that universal conscription remains the cornerstone of Finnish national defence.

The President emphasised that tight money must not lead to a situation in which military equipment becomes seriously obsolete.

He also called for thinking on how communities that are losing military garrisons should be supported.

Taking part in the parade on Helsinki’s Senate Square were about 1,100 soldiers and about 60 military vehicles. There were also three flypasts by aircraft of the Finnish Air Force.

Source: Helsingin Sanomat, 05 June 2012, http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Niinist%C3%B6+Conscription+remains+corn...