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Israel, NATO, U.S. Boost Military Cooperation With Georgia

Civil Georgia
January 31, 2013

Deputy Defense Minister, Deputy Chief of Army Staff Visit Israel

Tbilisi: Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Zaza Broladze and deputy chief of army staff Col. Vladimer Chachibaia are visiting Israel, the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday.

The MoD says that the purpose of the visit is to “deepen business relations” and “to plan joint projects” with Israeli “partners” of the Georgian state-owned military industrial enterprise Delta. The MoD does not specify who the partners are.

The MoD said that Delta, which employs about 2,000 people, “produces firearms, mortars, armored and infantry combat vehicles, artillery systems, universal combat modules; soldiers’ gear and uniforms, optical equipment, munitions, combat control systems and other military equipment.”

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Trend News Agency
January 31, 2013

Georgia to intensify relations with Israel in defence production
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: Georgia is going to win the support of Israel on the issue of development of a military, industrial complex.

To this end, Georgia’s Deputy Defence Minister, Zaza Broladze, and Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Vladimir Chachibaya, are on a visit to Israel, the Ministry of Defence of Georgia told Trend on Thursday.

According to authorities, during the meetings in Tel Aviv the Georgian side intends to strengthen relations with its Israeli partners at the Delta production enterprise producing weapons.

Previously, Israeli experts have assisted the Georgian side in producing the modernised Su-25 equipped with a special technique and apparatus produced in Israel.

Currently, Delta produces BTR, BMP, anti-aircraft guns and various types of firearms, mortars, universal military modules, coveralls and optical devices. The company employs 2000 people.

Recently, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili spoke about the new government’s plans to close the plant. However, Broladze responded by stating that this is not provided in any plans, on the contrary production of military equipment will be carried out incrementally.

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Ministry of Defence of Georgia
January 31, 2013

Levan Dolidze held meetings in the NATO HQs

First Deputy Defence Minister Levan Dolidze is paying an official visit to Brussels. Today, MoD delegation members held meetings with Alexander Vershbow, NATO Deputy Secretary-General and James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The sides discussed the progress of reforms in the MoD. The sides also talked about farther enhancement of NATO-Georgia cooperation and future perspectives.

“We have talked about using that mechanism effectively which is a main instrument in NATO-Georgia relationship. The discussions have also referred to planning of joint events in future, which will farther determine the NATO-Georgia partnership perspectives. We discussed all the effective mechanisms, which will promote Georgia`s interoperability with NATO and enhancement of future cooperation”, stated Levan Dolidze.

Today, Defence Ministry Delegation has also met with Frank Boland, NATO Defence Policy and Planning Director and Amb Huseyin Dirioz, NATO Assistant secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning.

Within the frames of a three-day visit in NATO HQs, the Georgian delegation will make a report for the representatives of NATO member countries. The Georgian side will brief the audience about its vision regarding the ongoing defence reforms, as well as about the measures which will insure GAF`s interoperability with NATO.

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Trend News Agency
January 30, 2013

Georgia considers draft Annual National Program for cooperation with NATO
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: The Annual National Program is a special opportunity for the country to become a member of NATO, head of the NATO liaison office in Georgia, William Lahue, said.

On Wednesday, Georgia considered the initial draft of the national program for 2013 in a meeting attended by representatives of various departments, diplomatic corps and experts.

“Today, discussions over the draft National Program for 2013, coordinated by the office of the Minister for European Integration, are being held with the support of NATO. NATO liaison offices as well as the Alliance itself fully support these efforts. This is a special opportunity for the country to become a member of NATO,” Lahue said.

In turn, Georgia’s Deputy State Minister for European Integration, Davit Dondua expressed his hope concerning the fact of the current program receiving positive evaluation, just like previous programs.

“The Annual National Program is a comprehensive document. This includes all of the reforms conducted by Georgian leadership for democratic reconstruction of the country. This applies to both political and legal, as well as defense aspects, external policy and security,” Dondua said.

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Trend News Agency
January 25, 2013

U.S. to help Georgia in construction of military recuperation centre
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: The Georgian Defence Ministry will open a military recuperation centre in Tbilisi with the support of the U.S.

The centre will be established with the assistance of the Georgian-American cooperation office in the military area and will become fully operational next year, the Georgian Defence Ministry told Trend on Friday.

The U.S. side will provide technical equipment for the centre and staff training.

A group of experts from the U.S. European Command Headquarters is already in Georgia and will take part in the establishment of the medical amputation centre.

According to the Georgian Defence Ministry, 20 Georgian servicemen are undergoing a rehabilitation course in the United States.

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