NATO Reaffirms Membership Pledge To Georgia
April 15, 2012
NATO reaffirms membership pledge to Georgia
After talks with Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Georgia is a special partner to NATO, committed to NATO operations, to NATO accession, and to reform. The meeting was held prior a NATO-Georgia commission session at the organisation’s headquarters, The Messenger reported.
The NATO envoy hailed Georgia’s reforms and its aspirations to join the alliance underlining that decision of Georgia to joint alliance stands firm.
“You already contribute the second-largest non-NATO force to our mission in Afghanistan. And by the end of this year, you will be the largest non-NATO ISAF partner. Your troops are doing an outstanding job, shoulder-to-shoulder with NATO troops, under challenging circumstances. Some have given their lives in our shared cause and I pay tribute to their sacrifice, and I offer my deepest condolences to their families and loved ones,” the Secretary General said.
He said Georgia is one of the major contributors to its operation in Afghanistan. Secondly, reflect that Georgia in general is a major contributor to the trans-Atlantic co-operation within the special NATO-Georgia Commission, and thirdly, that Georgia is also considered an aspirant country, a country that aspires to become a future member of NATO.
He added that the Allies have not yet finalized any decision about the development of the Georgia-NATO partnership prior to the Chicago summit in May. Rasmussen said Georgia has become a model of commitment, co-operation, and connectivity with the Alliance and encourage continuing in this direction. NATO doesn’t recognise the recently held presidential and parliamentary elections in Georgia’s breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which are occupied by Russia.
April 15, 2012
Saakashvili: ‘Evil Force, Occupying Parts of Georgia, will be Defeated’
Tbilisi: The “evil force” which occupies parts of Georgia where “our churches are trampled down”, will “retreat and definitely be defeated”, President Saakashvili said, adding: “I am absolutely sure about it.”
“This belief makes me and every Georgian patriot live on,” he said.
He was speaking after attending Orthodox Easter service in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi on Sunday.
Saakashvili said that “occupation of 20% of [Georgia's] territory by the enemy” was “of course a temporary situation”.
He said that the Easter was symbolizing victory of good over evil and this holiday was fitting well to “the optimistic nature of the Georgian nation.”
Ministry of Defence of Georgia
April 12, 2012
Leon Panetta visits the Georgian military servant wounded in Afghanistan
The United States Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta visited Georgian military serviceman LTC Alexander Tughushi who had been wounded in Afghanistan. Mr. Panetta visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda where Lieutenant Colonel undergoes a medical rehabilitation course.
President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashili awarded Alexander Tugushi with the I rank Vakhtang Gorgasali Order while staying in America on an official visit. Afterwards the Georgian LTC was seen by the President of the United States of America Barack Obama.
The personnel of the 31st Battalion have been performing a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan since 2011. The Georgian military contingent is engaged in the NATO-led ISAF operation in the province of Helmand as part of the US military unit.