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									                                                                                                                                                                                               FEBRUARY 2009 ISSUE #20

           Awards Ceremony of                                                                                        Krakow Ministerial
           Military Servicemen                                                                                       On the 19-20th of February,
                                                                                                                 Poland was the center of world’s
                                                                                                                 political activities. Its former
                                                                                                                                                        mal meeting, the NATO-Georgia
                                                                                                                                                        Commission assembled and re-
                                                                                                                                                        viewed the current situation in the
                                                                                                                                                                                              tion in Bucharest and their deci-
                                                                                                                                                                                              sion to develop an Annual Nation-
                                                                                                                                                                                              al Program to help advance Geor-
                                                                                                                 capital, Krakow, hosted NATO’s         country, the defence and security     gia’s reforms.
                                                                                                                 Defence Ministers informal             cooperation and the assistance for        US Secretary of Defence,
                                                                                                                 meeting. Representatives of mil-       Georgia’s reform effort provided      Robert Gates, reiterated US
                                                                                                                 itary-political alliance member        within the framework of this          readiness to support Georgia’s
                                                                                                                 and partner countries discussed        body. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer,          reforms in defence and security
                                                                                                                 its peacekeeping operations,           NATO Secretary General, opened        sectors. As he outlined later at
                                                                                                                 transformations and security is-       the NATO-Georgian commission          the press-conference US has a
                                                                                                                 sues. The delegation of Ministry       meeting. The Defence Minister,        continuing security relationship
                                                                                                                 of Defence of Georgia participat-      Davit Sikharulide, on behalf of       with Georgia. “We’re involved
                                                                                                                 ed in ministerial.                     Georgia, expressed gratitude to       in training. We are involved in
                                                                                                                     Expanding NATO support to          NATO member states and its pop-       military reform in Georgia. So
                                                                                                                 the Afghan National Army and           ulation for their strong support      this is an ongoing relationship
                                                                                                                 Afghan police was a priority of        and solidarity uttered toward         and it is a relationship that we
                                                                                                                 the agenda on the first day’s meet-    Georgia. The Minister empha-          are pursuing, both bilaterally and
                                                                                                                 ing. Defence Minister of Georgia       sized Georgia’s full commitment       within the framework of our
                                                                                                                 expressed Georgia’s readiness to       to the Alliance values and its firm   NATO allies, and through the
                                                                                                                 make its contribution to NATO          aspiration to join NATO as well.      vehicle of the U.S.-Georgia
                                                                                                                 led operation in Afghanistan. He       Ministers also discussed the con-     Commission. So I think its pro-
   Georgian military service-            A minute of silence was held       Minister of Georgia, Davit Sikha-
men were awarded for their brav-     in the honor of the Georgian mil-      rulidze and Deputy Chief of Joint
ery in combat operations against     itary servants who made supreme        Staff of GAF, Brigadier General
Russian aggression. The Awards       sacrifice for the territorial integ-   Davit Nairashvili awarded 10 ser-
ceremony of 42 Georgian heroes       rity of the country. According to      vants who are in office and 32
was held at the Ministry of De-      the President’s Order 17, issued       militaries posthumously.
fence of Georgia.                    on January 6th, 2009, Defence                         Continued on p.4

     Special Commemoration
          for the Cadets
    Many Georgian cadets died        of the National Guard Depart-          are envoys of the Lord in Geor-
in February, 1921, in battle         ment, Col. Shmagi Telia, Chief         gia and they are true examples
against the Bolshevist Russian       of Education Department of JS,         of our past and ancestry. They are
11th Red Army which occupied         LTC Zurab Agladze and other            pilgrims and we bring up new
Tbilisi and declared Soviet rule.    leadership of MOD.                     generation after their example.
The ceremony in commemora-               The ceremony dedicated to          We should do honor to their
tion of the cadets was held at the   the Georgian cadets included a         memory and hold their bravery
Memorial near Kojori-Tabakh-         musical performance by MOD             in remembrance,” Col. Vladimer
mela.                                orchestra. The Chief of JS, Col.       Chachibaia mentioned in his
    The event was organized by       Vladimer Chachibaia, Chief of          speech.                              declared that Georgia is ready to      sequences of the last August con-     ceeding as we had planned”, de-
the Veterans Affairs Department      the Veterans Affair Department,            Later, the event continued in    participate in operations under        flict, including Alliance assis-      clared Mr. Gates.
together with Kakutsa Cholo-         Nukri Tsagareishvili and the           the Cinema House and movie           ISAF format and Georgian mili-         tance to Georgia in its recovery          In the framework of the Kra-
kashvili Whole Georgia Chokho-       Chairman of Whole Georgia              director, Gia Chubabria present-     tary forces are prepared to join the   efforts and the issue of Russian      kow Ministerial, the Georgian
san Knights Union led by Chair-      Chokhosan Knights Union, Gogi          ed the documental film “Tar-         peace keeping missions. „Despite       bases on Georgian territory. The      Defence Minister had meetings
man Gogi Dolidze.                    Dolidze laid wreaths on the me-        nished February Shadows”. The        the fact that Georgia’s territories    NATO - Georgia Commission             with his counterparts from Fin-
    The ceremony was attended        morial of cadets in Tabakhmela         film was dedicated to the mem-       are still under Russian occupa-        discussed the assistance for Geor-    land, Poland, Denmark, the
by the Chief of Joint Staff of       village. Father Giorgi Gugenish-       ory of Maro Makhashvili – the        tion, we continue to develop our       gia’s reform effort provided with-    Ukraine and Lithuania. The main
GAF, Col. Vladimer Chachiba-         vili conducted special prayer for      only woman among the cadets.         defence capabilities and make a        in the list of priority items for     topic of discussions at the meet-
ia, his Deputy Chief, Brigadier      the souls of the cadets.               The ceremony concluded with a        valuable contribution to the world     2009. The talks took place in the     ing was to deepen bilateral co-
General Davit Nairashvili, Head          “Every other century there         special performance.                 security policy”, mentioned Mr.        context of the reaffirmation by       operation between Georgia and
                                                                                                                 David Sikharulidze.                    NATO Foreign Ministers in De-         its partner states.
                                                                                                                     In the second day of an infor-     cember of the process set in mo-                    Nino Gogochishvili

                                                                                                                        Interview with the                                      Minister’s Vision 2009
                                                                                                                        United Kingdom’s                                        NATO Secretary
                                                                                                                        Minister for                                            General’s Special
                                                                                                                        International Defence                                   Representative at the
                                                                                                                        and Security Rt Hon                                     Defence Ministry
                                                                                                                        Baroness Ann TAYLOR
                                                                                                                                                                                The International
                                                                                                                        Daughter of the Killed                                  Commission
                                                                                                                        Military Serviceman                                     Investigating August
                                                                                                                        was Born                                                War Details at MOD
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 Interview with the United Kingdom’s Minister for International
     Defence and Security Rt Hon Baroness Ann TAYLOR PC
   On February 10-12 Georgia hosted the United Kingdom’s Minister for Inter-
national Defence and Security Rt Hon Baroness Ann TAYLOR PC. The aims of
her visit were to develop further the strong bilateral ties between the UK and Georgia
and to discuss implementation of the decision, made recently by NATO Foreign
Ministers, on the establishment of a new Annual National Programme (ANP)
within the framework of the NATO/Georgia Commission. She reaffirmed the UK’s
strong support for Georgia’s aspirations for closer Euro-Atlantic integration and
for the international missions on the ground (UNOMIG, OSCE, EUMM).
   On 11 February Rt Hon Baroness Ann TAYLOR visited the Ministry of De-
fence of Georgia where she met with the Minister of Defence and discussed the
above mentioned subjects.

   During her visit in Georgia “Defence Today” interviewed Rt Hon Baroness
Ann TAYLOR PC where she spoke about Georgia-British relations - mostly
military cooperation, recommendations, and future plans…

    Welcome Baroness Taylor to               where we can. One of the successes
Georgia. What is the main reason of          demonstrated so far is the imminent
your visit in our country?                   handover of our Peacekeeping English
    I am here to further develop the         Project to Georgian ownership.
strong bilateral ties between the UK             The Security Sector Development
and Georgia and to discuss future plans      Advisory Team SSDAT, of British
of the decision, made recently by            Ministry of Defence is providing rec-
NATO Foreign Ministers, on the estab-        ommendations to the Ministry of De-
lishment of a new Annual National Pro-       fence on personnel management of
gramme (ANP) within the framework            the Georgian Armed Forces. How do
of the NATO-Georgia Commission. I            you evaluate the current situation re-
have re-affirmed the UK’s strong sup-        garding the personnel of the Geor-
port for Georgia’s aspirations for clos-     gian Armed Forces? What obligato-
er Euro-Atlantic integration, for the in-    ry steps should be done regarding
ternational missions on the ground           this?
(UNOMIG, OSCE, and EUMM) and                     We are impressed with Georgian
the future of the Geneva talks. We en-       military personnel. They appear keen
joy a close relationship and have de-        and motivated. We have received good
veloped an extensive bilateral security      reports of their performance in Iraq un-
and defence relationship over a num-         der very demanding circumstances. The
ber of years. The United Kingdom re-         personnel management system is still
mains a consistent supporter of Geor-        in its infancy and difficulties remain in
gia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and we       co-ordinating individual training re-
welcome the agreement made at the            quirements, promotions and appoint-
Bucharest Summit that ‘Georgia will          ments in order to ensure that each indi-
become a member of NATO’ and the             vidual has the correct skill sets and abil-
subsequent NATO decision in Decem-           ities for his or her role. In the UK, such
ber to develop an Annual National Pro-       matters are governed by MOD internal
gramme. This demonstrates the Alli-          directives, not Parliamentary law, and
ance’s commitment to help Georgia            we would urge Georgia to study this
prepare for and progress towards Euro-       model closely. An integrated personnel        LANCER, but we hope to resume the             Declaration and the development of the        Council resolution including its com-
Atlantic integration.                        management policy is slowly emerging          bilateral exercise next year.                 Annual National Programme. In terms           mitment to territorial integrity of Geor-
    There is, of course, a lot of work       within the Georgian MOD and the UK               What can you say about future              of recommendations, I would suggest           gia. Thirdly that states surrounding
ahead, much of which will be a Geor-         Security Sector Development Adviso-           plans of Georgia-British military re-         that Georgia continues with its pack-         Russia, the neighbouring countries of
gian responsibility. The United King-        ry Team will continue to remain en-           lations?                                      age of internal reforms and makes full        Russia, are not ex Soviet states. They
dom will support Georgia in this. I          gaged and to advise and assist where             I had a useful and constructive meet-      use of the NATO-Georgia Commission            are independent sovereign democracies
have been greatly encouraged in dis-         appropriate.                                  ing with Minister of Defence                  and the Annual National Programme to          and those democracies need to be de-
cussing the next steps towards closer            On the base of the special agree-         Sikharulidze, as a result, I am fully         help achieve these. NATO views strong         fended. They need relations with Rus-
Georgian ties with NATO.                     ment, Britain has been carrying out           aware of his priorities. We will contin-      democratic institutions and values, as        sia, but they also need relations with
    Georgia-British cooperation has          joint training “Georgian Express”             ue to assist where we can and I look          well as the rule of law, as key princi-       the rest of Europe and the rest of the
been going on since 1999 and from            since 2004. What innovations do you           forward to an ever-closer relationship        ples. The UK is committed to helping          world.
2003 you have been working on                see in the current Georgian Army?             of mutual benefit between the British         Georgia on its internal reform path.              And I think fourth and most impor-
Georgia’s Defence and Security De-           How do the trainings grow the pre-            and Georgian Armed Forces.                        After the Russian aggression in           tant lesson that I take away from this is
velopment. What serious reforms              paredness and qualifications of Geor-            Georgia has aspired to Euro-At-            August how does the world change              that political processes need to have a
have been implemented in this sphere         gian and British Military Service-            lantic Structures for several years. As       regarding security issues and what            dynamic about them. These frozen
during these five years? How do you          men?                                          you have mentioned in the comment             challenges do you see in this regard?         conflicts had become too isolated and
assess this period?                              Exercise “GEORGIAN EXPRESS”               made at the Ministry of Defence,                  My friend the Foreign Secretary ad-       it allowed too many people to give up
    We have been doing a great deal of       has been successful over the years. The       Great Britain supports Georgia on             dressed this question at the 7 February       on the political route. I think that the
work in the areas of training military       ability of the Georgian Armed Forces          the way of integration to the above           Munich Security Conference when he            letter I wrote to Alexander Stubb, the
instructors for Peace Support Opera-         to train alongside the British Army has       mentioned alliances. In your opinion,         said “I think the most important lessons      current Chairman of the OSCE, the Or-
tions and in the skills required to teach    improved year after year, as the skills       is Georgia ready to move forward to           are those that say first international law,   ganisation of Security and Cooperation
English. Our consistent aim has been         learnt have been disseminated and built       the next step and what are future             not the rule of force, is the basis for       in Europe, urging him to build new mo-
to develop an indigenous capability, al-     upon. In an era of expeditionary capa-        changes in this regard? What recom-           resolving disputes. Secondly, that            mentum in the process, not just in Geor-
lowing the Georgian Armed Forces to          bilities, the experience of training          mendations should you give Georgia            when UN Security Council resolutions          gia but also in other frozen conflicts in
be self-reliant in these fields. There has   abroad alongside other armed forces is        in this sphere?                               are passed, as they were most recently        Trans-Dniester, in Nagorno-Karabakh,
been a steady improvement, but there         very useful for both sides. This year we         We believe that Georgia is ready to        in April, they need to be honoured by         is an important lesson for us.”
is still a lot to be done and we, in close   will be contributing to the NATO Ex-          move forward. This belief is clearly          all sides and you’ll remember the Rus-
co-ordination with our Allies, will help     ercise CO-OPERATIVE LONGBOW/                  demonstrated by the Bucharest Summit          sians did sign April’s UN Security                                  Tea Kerdzevadze

                                                                                               Daughter of Deceased Military
                                                                                                    Serviceman Born
                                                                                               The family of Corporal Giorgi Ant-        mother of the newborn child on this beau-        With the assistance of the commis-
                                                                                           sukhelidze, fallen during the Russian         tiful gift of life. Representatives of the    sion, the wife of Corporal Giorgi Ant-
                                                                                           aggression, celebrates the birth of a new     Defence Ministry presented gifts to the       sukhelidze has been employed at the
                                                                                           family member, Anna. Corporal of the          daughter of the killed corporal as well.      communication unit of the Georgian
                                                                                           IV Infantry Brigade, Giorgi Antsukhe-             “Last month a special commission          Armed Forces.
                                                                                           lidze was killed on August 9, 2008.           was founded at the Defence Ministry,             Presents were given to the family
                                                                                               Chief of MOD Administration, Otar         which considers living and employment         members of another Georgian service-
                                                                                           Berdzenishvili and Head of Personnel          conditions of the families of killed and      man killed during the battle with the
                                                                                           Department J - 1 of the Joint Staff of GAF,   missing Georgian militaries and assists       Russian aggressors. A daughter was born
                                                                                           and Col. Tariel Londaridze visited the        them with appropriate aid,” Otar Ber-         to Corporal of the V Infantry Brigade,
Head of MoD Administration at the hospital                                                 maternity hospital and congratulated the      dzenishvili said.                             Raul Mzhavanadze.
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                                                                                                                                              NATO Secretary General’s
Minister’s Vision 2009                                                                                                                        Special Representative at
                                                                                                                                                the Defence Ministry
                                                                                                                                               The NATO Secretary General’s Spe-          made comments for journalists.
                                                                                                                                           cial Representative for the Caucasus and           According to the Defence Minister -
                                                                                                                                           Central Asia Robert Simmons paid visit         “We discussed several topics including
                                                                                                                                           to Georgia. Robert Simmons visited the         security conditions in Georgia. We dis-
                                                                                                                                           Ministry of Defence of Georgia. He was         cussed that the Russian side does not
                                                                                                                                           received by the Defence Minister, Dav-         obey the ceasefire agreement. In spite
                                                                                                                                           it Sikharulidze and Deputy defence Min-        of this, we had talks about NATO inte-
                                                                                                                                           ister, Giorgi Muchaidze. Together with         gration issues and trends of the Annual
                                                                                                                                           Mr. Simmons the Defence Ministry vis-          National Program as Georgia’s pathway
                                                                                                                                           ited the Political Issues and Security         to NATO.”
                                                                                                                                           Policy Advisor, Georgia’s Desk, Mr.                “We’ve just had a very good discus-
                                                                                                                                           James Mackey.                                  sion about the security situation in Geor-
                                                                                                                                               The Annual National Program and            gia, about which NATO is very con-
                                                                                                                                           NATO-Georgian Organization’s, further          cerned, about rebuilding up its Armed
                                                                                                                                           close cooperation was the subject mat-         Forces, and the Defence Ministries role
                                                                                                                                           ter at the meeting. The Defence Minis-         in the Annual National Program. NATO
                                                                                                                                           try’s priorities, like military education,     as you know is moving forward towards
                                                                                                                                           trainings, personnel management, sys-          preparing Georgia for membership, as
                                                                                                                                           tem improvement and defence planning           we committed ourselves to in Buchar-
                                                                                                                                           system development were argued at the          est, of which the Defence Ministry will
                                                                                                                                           meeting as well.                               play an important role, as will “Minis-
                                                                                                                                               The Defence Minister introduced the        ter’s Vision 2009”, the document which
                                                                                                                                           well received document - “Minister’s Vi-       will help prepare Georgia for member-
    The Minister of Defence of Georgia         ment completely emphasizes lessons            Staff. As the Minister’s Vision is an an-     sion 2009” to the NATO Secretary Gen-          ship. I think that the Ministry of De-
composed the new document called,              learned in August 2008, during Russian        nual document we will look forward for        eral’s Special Representative. Sides dis-      fence has a very good planned security
“Minister’s Vision 2009”. This document        aggression, and tries to fill all the gaps    the next year to see how well those prin-     cussed NATO liaison office enlargement         effort and we, speaking from NATO’s
provides a general guidance for the Min-       revealed in Georgian Armed forces and         ciples have been implemented and to           possibilities. After an hour meeting,          side, look forward to working with them
istry of Defence, Joint Staff and Geor-        in Defence Structure as a whole. “On the      evaluate the level of progress”, said LTC     Davit Sikharulidze and Robert Simmons          on that regard,” Robert Simmons said.
gian Armed Forces for 2009 and high-           one hand, Ministry of Defence should          DA Ridout.
lights the main prospects for further de-      respond to the new demands in light of            Mrs. Patricia Hildegard Flor, the Am-
velopment. Vision aims to raise the short      the current security environment, which       bassador of Germany in Georgia men-
and long term priorities, which are erect-     developed after August 2008 and on the        tioned that it was the right moment to
ed from the postwar realities, learned les-    other hand we should maintain course of       evaluate learned lessons of last year and
sons and country’s permanent security          action in the direction of sustained de-      especially of the warfare period. She also
issues as well. Fulfillment of these issues    velopment of armed forces and NATO            noted that Minister’s Vision is, at the
will enhance Georgia’s military capabil-       integration”, added Mr. Sikharulidze.         same time, pragmatic and also a very
ities and establish a more secure environ-         Col. Vladimer Chachibaia, Chief of        broad outline of what Georgian Armed
ment which gained special importance           Joint Staff, more broadly presented mili-     Forces should look like in the future. “For
after last summer’s experience. Apart          tary aspects of “Minister’s Vision 2009”.     Germany the emphasis on education is
from other directions, particular empha-       As it was revealed in Chachibaia’s            especially important, because we already
sis in 2009 will be focused on social pri-     speech, the General Staff participates in     have very strong partnership with Geor-
orities, in order to support the families of   preparation of new documents on threats       gia exactly in this field. We took part in
the soldiers killed or injured as a result     assessment and National Security. “Geor-      establishment of Sergeant School in
of the Russian aggression, as well as re-      gian Armed Forces today is going              Georgia and also we took a lot of offic-
construction and full rehabilitation of        through the phase of analyzing the expe-      ers for trainings in Germany. We are go-
damaged infrastructures.                       rience gained during August Russian ag-       ing to intensify these relations”, added,
                                                                                                                                           NATO Liaison Officer in the Caucasus Zbigniew Rybacki and Robert Simmons
    There are four major directions in         gression. This means elimination of prob-     Mrs. Ambassador.
“Minister’s Vision”, each of which con-        lems, which occurred during warfare,              What is specifically important about
tains number of different concepts. Im-
provement and further institutionalization
                                               development and implementation of re-
                                               sult-oriented military policy and transfor-
                                                                                             the new document is the unity of attitude
                                                                                             and evaluations of military experts. David           The International
of the Defence Management System will          mation of military forces in proper direc-    J. Smith, Director of Georgian Security
be one of the year’s priorities. Also, it is
quite remarkable that, according to the
                                               tion”, mentioned Col. Chachibaia.
                                                   Finally, representatives of legislative
                                                                                             Analysis Center said: “I may say that it
                                                                                             is a visionary vision. It means that Geor-       Commission Investigating
document, education arises as the priori-      branch of government expressed their          gia is moving forward and is not staying
ty of defence policy. The next point con-
cerns the development of capabilities of
                                               opinion about presented document. Mr.
                                               Zaza Gelashvili, Deputy Chairman of
                                                                                             where it is. The document quite logical-
                                                                                             ly examines doctrine, training, manage-
                                                                                                                                              August War Details at MOD
Georgian Armed Forces. The document            Defence and Security Committee of the         ment, and capability. It sets forth what          The International Commission inves-           Guests were received by the De-
also underlines our country’s consistent       Parliament of Georgia, declared that the      has to be done for the next year. That is     tigating the Russia-Georgia war details        fence Minister, Davit Sikharulidze. The
and unchangeable foreign policy priori-        “Minister’s Vision 2009” was thorough-        both, evaluation, and continuity to build     attended the Defence Ministry of Geor-         meeting was attended by Deputy De-
ty – such as Georgia’s aspiration to join      ly discussed and positively evaluated by      capability and continuity to work with the    gia. The eight-person delegation was led       fence Minister, Giorgi Muchaidze and
the North Atlantic Alliance Organization.      their committee, as it correctly reflects     NATO. Overall, it is good work”. Mr.          by the chairperson of commission,              Head of Analytical Department, Davit
It declares, in the “Minister’s Vision         all the new realities, challenges and de-     Irakli Sesiashvili from “Association of       Heidy Tagliavini.                              Nardaia.
2009”, that Georgia will continue to up-       mands of Georgian State. Mr. Gelashvili       Justice and Freedom” noted that he likes          Current developments at the conflict          Heidy Tagliavini held the meeting in
hold its commitment toward the organi-         strongly appreciated involvement of ed-       “Minister’s Vision 2009”, because it          zones and future activity plans of the         the Joint Staff of GAF as well. Guests
zation, in order to intensify integration      ucation among prior points.                   doesn’t look like some PR documents and       commission were subjects of discus-            were received by the Chief of JS, Col.
process and raise its compatibility with           Mr. Nika Laliashvili, representative of   correctly demonstrates all the existing       sions at the Defence Ministry.                 Vladimer Chachibaia and his deputy,
NATO standards. It is also important that,     Parliamentary Minority, Christian-Dem-        problems in the defence system. Mr. Irak-         After the August war, this made it the     Brigadier General Davit Nairashvili.
among foreign priorities, there are listed     ocrat Party mentioned that “Minister’s        li Aladashvili, editor of military journal    second visit at the Defence Ministry of           As Chairperson of the delegation
points like, the deepening of bilateral re-    Vision” is the only adequate conceptual       “Arsenali” also mentioned that almost ev-     this commission. Georgian MOD has              who are investigating the Russia-Geor-
lations with partner countries and Geor-       document in the country. “I am very glad      erything necessary is highlighted in the      cooperated actively with the Indepen-          gia war details, Heidy Tagliavini, in-
gia’s intention to enhance its contribution    that first time we see the words “lessons     document, but now, the most important         dent International Fact-Finding Mission        troduced the commission’s course of
into international counter-terrorism and       learned”. This means that government          is the realization of these statements. Mr.   on the conflict in Georgia and will con-       action to the executive and legislative
peace support operations.                      realizes its mistakes and the State starts    Koba Liklikadze, Military expert com-         tinue to do so.                                authorities.
    Official presentation of the “Minis-       to base its decisions on past experience,     mented that the document adequately re-
ter’s Vision 2009” document took place         even on very bitter ones”. Mr. Giorgi         flects post-war realities and problems re-
in Hotel “Sheraton Metekhi Palace” on          Targamadze, the leader of Parliamentary       vealed within the Georgian Armed Forc-
February 17. The ceremony was attend-          Minority noted that in this case opposi-      es last August, especially in the command
ed by representatives of executive and         tion would cooperate with government          system. “Also a military-civil relation is
legislative government, military attachés,     for effective implementation of principles    very interesting, because neither of the
ambassadors of foreign countries accred-       pointed out in “Minister’s Vision 2009”.      countries is able to win the war, if it
ited to Georgia, representatives of NGO’s          LTC DA Nick Ridout, Defence At-           doesn’t have support from society”, add-
and military experts. Mr. David                taché of the United Kingdom of Great          ed Mr. Liklikadze.
Sikharulidze, Minister of Defence of           Britain and Northern Ireland, comment-            “Ministers Vision 2009” appeared to
Georgia, presented the guests with the         ed that the document is a very encourag-      be the rare exception in our country’s re-
new document and briefly introduced its        ing one, as it lays down very clear tar-      ality which received positive appraisal in
main points. By the words of Minister -        gets and requirements. “There weren’t         almost every part of society that in itself
“Ministry of Defence of Georgia fully          big surprises for us in the document; this    is very encouraging. Now it’s time sim-
acknowledges its role in maintaining           is very good, because it means the conti-     ply to wish successful implementation of
country’s security and will undertake all      nuity of policy that is very important.       noted purposes that will provide for all
necessary measures in order to enhance         Also it was very pleasant for me to see       the citizens of Georgian to live in more
Georgia’s defence capabilities”. David         among priorities greater coordination         defensible, secure and hopeful country.
Sikharulidze also mentioned that docu-         between Ministry of Defence and Joint                                         Ana Alania    Heidy Tagliavini
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              Munich Security Conference
   The Hotel “Bayerischer Hof” in              tervention and the militarization of the                                                                                             how vulnerable individual states were
Munich, hosted a very important forum          separatist regions. The Vice President of                                                                                            when there was a breakdown in respect
on foreign and security policy issues in       the United States of America Joseph R.                                                                                               for basic principles like peaceful reso-
Europe and beyond on February 6-8.             Biden expressed his opinion on the Rus-                                                                                              lution of conflicts.
Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of         sian policy towards Georgia at the con-                                                                                                  About the new security fears, Mili-
the German Federation, Frank-Walter            ference, “We will not agree with Russia                                                                                              band made the following statement in
Steinmeier, opened the 45th Munich Se-         on everything. For example, the United                                                                                               his report: “Europe’s security architec-
curity Conference there with an impas-         States will not recognize Abkhazia and                                                                                               ture therefore needs to address new glo-
sioned call for a new era in global disar-     South Ossetia as independent states. We                                                                                              bal fears and our traditional concerns.
mament. The conference began by fo-            will not recognize a sphere of influence.                                                                                            And it needs to build on the systems and
cusing on issues of non-proliferation of       It will remain our view that sovereign                                                                                               institutions that proved themselves over
nuclear weapons, arms control and              states have the right to make their own                                                                                              the last few decades - NATO, the EU,
above all Iran’s feared nuclear weapons        decisions and choose their own allianc-                                                                                              the OSCE, the UN and the Council of
program in Munich.                             es. But the United States and Russia can                                                                                             Europe - while reaching out to forge new
   The German Foreign Minister also            disagree and still work together where                                                                                               relationships to underpin our stability
made an appeal to the 300 high-ranking         our interests coincide”.                                                                                                             and prosperity”.
participants of the conference to contrib-         Minister of Defence of Georgia, Dav-                                                                                                 The issue of Georgia was raised by
ute in building a new security architec-       id Sikharulidze, made a comment on                                                                                                   NATO Secretary, General Jaap de Hoop
ture embracing Russia. Steinmeier also         Biden’s report and mentioned that the                                                                                                Scheffer, during the meeting with the
insisted that arms control had to be ex-       statement of the Vice President of the                                                                                               Russian Deputy Prime Minister Ivanov,
tended to include conventional weapons.        United States of America is a clear mes-                                                                                             where they discussed - but did not agree
His own vision was a world without             sage towards Moscow and practically                                                                                                  on – Russia’s unilateral recognition of
nuclear weapons. To this end, Cold War         the first public formulation of the for-                                                                                             Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
patterns of thought had to be overcome         eign policy of President Obama’s admin-                                                                                                  German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
20 years after the end of that era. But        istration.                                                                                                                           French President Nikolas Sarkozy and
the suspension on the CFE Treaty by                In his speech Biden also spoke about                                                                                             the Polish Prime Minister also talked
Moscow demonstrated that conventional          challenges, what the US would do and                                                                                                 about Georgia’s integration into NATO.
arms control was just as urgent as dur-        what America hoped its partners would                                                                                                “Ukraine and Georgia will join NATO.
ing that period.                               consider. The Vice President named                                                                                                   No third country is eligible to interfere
   The participants of the Security Con-       three main priorities within US activi-                                                                                              in this process. When these countries are
ference totaled 300 high-ranking and           ties in the global arena where he gave                                                                                               ready to bring security to the alliance,
top-level participants from more than 50       a gentle hint to Russia on its aggres-                                                                                               they will become members of the North
countries, among them a dozen heads            sive policy towards Georgia as well,                                                                                                 Atlantic Treaty Organization”, said An-
of state and government and approxi-           “The threats we face have no respect                                                                                                 gela Merkel.
mately 50 high-ranking foreign and de-         for borders. No single country, no mat-                                                                                                  Nikolas Sarkozy agreed with Mrs.
fence policy-makers.                           ter how powerful, can meet them alone.                                                                                               Merkel regarding Georgia and Ukraine
   Along with the defined political-eco-       We believe that international alliances                                                                                              and said that NATO and EU are so im-
nomical issues of international security,      and organizations do not diminish                                                                                                    portant organizations, certain rules are
one of the main topics at the conference       America’s power; they help us advance                                                                                                necessary to be kept. Distrust exists be-
was the current situation in the Cauca-        our collective security, economic inter-                                                                                             tween Russia and EU after the Georgian
sus and building Russian military bases        ests and values. So we will engage. We                                                                                               crisis. He does not think that today‘s
in Georgian occupied territories. The          will listen. We will consult. America       Common Foreign and Security Policy,          difficult relations with many of your       Russia is dangerous for NATO or EU,
speakers of the conference highlighted         needs the world, just as I believe the      Dr. Javier Solana Madariaga, also men-       neighbors”.                                 because Russia has plenty of internal
two fundamental changes in the assump-         world needs America. But we say to our      tioned Russia’s attitude towards its            The Secretary of State for Foreign       problems and conflicts to solve.
tions of European security architecture        friends that the alliances, treaties and    neighbours. As he stated from the EU,        and Commonwealth of the Affairs Unit-           The foreign and security policy mak-
and Europe’s relations with its neighbors      international organizations we build        the idea of Russia feeling threatened is     ed Kingdom of Great Britain and North-      ers at the Munich Conference reiterated
to the East. One is the Georgian-Rus-          must be credible and they must be ef-       absurd, “but for Russia, apparently, that    ern Ireland, David Miliband, began his      their support for the territorial integrity
sian War, the second, the recent gas cut-      fective. That requires a common com-        is the case. Russia should understand        report about new threats of security in     of Georgia and its Euro-Atlantic aspira-
off to Ukraine. In this respect, Georgia       mitment not only to live by the rules,      how small countries feel vulnerable be-      parts of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and    tions.
again gained the support of the world,         but to enforce them”.                       side a giant neighbor. And that in today’s   the Caucasus. He mentioned that the
as the west urges Russia to stop its in-           EU High Representative for the          world it’s not a good sign if you have       conflict in Georgia last summer showed                              Tea Kerdzevadze

     Awards Ceremony of Military Servicemen                                                                                              The First Judo Tournament
                   Continued from p.1          servicemen. The relatives some of Geor-     heroes in Kharagauli, Lanchkhuti and
                                               gian servants, who were recommend for       Kobuleti. Corporals of IV infantry Bri-
    Nine soldiers were invested with the       a medal, were not able to attend the cer-   gade, Zaza Glunchidze and Tengiz
Vakhtang Gorgasali’s Orders of I rank,         emony. The leadership of the Ministry       Chigladze, were awarded with Vakhtang
the Vakhtang Gorgasali’s Orders of II          of Defence and the Joint Staff of GAF       Gorgasal’s Orders of II rank and Cor-
and III ranks were granted to 13 mili-         called on these families.                   poral of the First Infantry Brigade Rus-
tary servicemen and 10 servants - Mili-            Junior Sergeant of the First Infantry   lan Tsuladze was presented with Medal
tary Courage Medals posthumously. The          Brigade, Ushangi Sophromadze and            for Military Courage posthumously.
Leadership of MOD granted the rewards          Captain of the Fourth Infantry Brigade,         Ceremony of awarding medals took
to their family members.                       Aleksandre Tandashvili were invested        place in Imereti as well. Head of MOD
    Ten Georgian militaries who are            with the national rewards posthumous-       Administration, Otar Berdzenishvili vis-
serving in the forces were awarded as          ly. The Vakhtang Gorgasal’s Orders of I     ited cities of Samtredia, Tkibuli, Bagda-
well. Orders for Military Courage, Med-        rank granted to their relatives Deputy      di and Vani. The Head of MOD Admin-
als for Service and the Vakhtang Gor-          Defence Minister, Shalva Kochladze          istration handed over the Vakhtang Gor-
gasali’s Orders of III rank were granted       and Commander of IV Infantry Brigade,       gasali’s Orders of III rank to relatives
to them.                                       Major Giorgi Kalandadze in Tbilisi.         of Corporal of IV Infantry Brigade,
    A few days later a separate awards             A similar event took place in West      Avedik Lomadze. Families of sergeants            The first Judo tournament was held      heavy weight class is Battalion Com-
ceremony was held at the Defence Min-          Georgia. Deputy Defence Minister, Gela      of the Second Infantry Brigade Nikoloz       among the military servicemen of GAF        mander of SO Forces, Lieutenant Davit
istry and national rewards were granted        Berdzenishvili invested with national       Porchkhidze, Zviad Katsadze and Ilia         at the MOD sports complex “ORBI”.           Dardzuli.
to the family members of killed military       awards family members of the Georgian       Gabunia were granted Medals for Mili-        The military servicemen of all units of         The tournament was attended by
                                                                                           tary Courage.                                the Georgian Armed Forces participat-       Minister of the Culture, Monuments
                                                                                               As Otar Berdzenishvili mentioned         ed in the tournament. According to the      Protection and Sport, Nikoloz Rurua,
                                                                                           – the awarding process is permanent          Olympic system, winners were divided        Head of Sport’s Department, Davit
                                                                                           and not symbolic. It includes social         into 7 weight classes among the wres-       Namgalaury, Deputy Head of Judo Fed-
                                                                                           support measures for relatives of the        tlers.                                      eration, Davit Berdzenishvili and veter-
                                                                                           killed or missing Georgian military ser-         Military athletes won medals. Cor-      an sportsmen.
                                                                                           vicemen.                                     poral of the V Infantry Brigade, Khvicha        Winners were decorated with med-
                                                                                               “According to the Order of the De-       Khaptani won in 96 kg category, Spe-        als by Deputy Defence Minister, Giorgi
                                                                                           fence Minister of Georgia, issued on         cial Operations’ Forces Sergeant, Ma-       Muchaidze, and Deputy Chief of JS,
                                                                                           January 15th, 2009, was established          muka Mazmiashvili - in 66 kg category,      Major General, Devi Chankotadze and
                                                                                           council for” Considering Social Securi-      Junior Sergeant of SO battalion, Zura       Land Forces Commander, Col. Koba
                                                                                           ty Issues for the Family Members of          Dogonadze overpowered in 73 kg class,       Lachkepiani.
                                                                                           Killed and Missing Military Servants of      Aleksandre Chakhunashvili, Lieutenant           Judges of the international category
                                                                                           the Georgian Armed Forces during the         of the Second Artillery Brigade - in 81     participated in the tournament as well.
                                                                                           warfare against Russian occupation,” by      kg category, Corporal of the First Infan-   Head of Sport’s Department, Davit
                                                                                           way of the Council activities 23 people      try Brigade Mamuka Margiani - 90 kg         Namgalauri on behalf of the Minister of
                                                                                           were employed and in the near future         category, Corporal of the Engineering       Culture, Monument Protection and
                                                                                           the number of them will be increased.”       Brigade Kakhaber Murachashvili won          Sport, granted presents to the Defence
Deputy Chief of Joint Staff BG Davit Nairashvili awarding the military serviceman          - Otar Berdzenishvili said.                  in 100 kg category. The winner in a         Ministry.

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