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JUNE 2008 ISSUE #12

The Symposium on Black Sea Graduates of the National

and Caspian Sea Security Issues Defence Academy Take Oath
The transformation of world lot, especially when it is neces- interests they are coming togeth-
politics and the development of sary to make quick decisions.” er and beginning to talk and find-
technology brings new opportu- Opening remarks of Sympo- ing some areas of common in-
nities and global risks. Minimi- sium was made by the First Dep- terests. Another very important
zation of these new threats is uty Defence Minister Batu Kute- thing is that Georgia is host of
only possible by making concert- lia: “This Symposium is of great such group of countries. It real-
ed efforts. Consequently, region- importance. Its main task is to ly means that Georgia has right
al cooperation is the main re- exchange information on secu- of international host.” outlined
quirement of the contemporary rity issues of the Black Sea and Ambassador David J. Smith,
world. Security is an issue of Caspian Sea regions. These two Director of Georgian Security
such a diverse nature that coop- regions are inseparable parts of Analysis Centre.
eration is necessary in many dif- European and Euro-Atlantic se- The participants discussed
ferent spheres. However, any curity. Undoubtedly, great im- the regional security models and
type of this collaboration should portance is attached to building role of the Black and Caspian
be based on information ex- mutual confidence and intensi- Seas in providing international
change. That is the best way to fication of security measures. peace and security. As it was
form a common secure space, Certainly, we have not discussed outlined at the conference, in
however, the development of anything new as these topics are globalization period, it is neces-
such a thing is not easy, as can already thoroughly elaborated. sary to develop a regional strat-
be seen in Georgia. Thus, the This event is intended to discuss egy to cope with the new, emerg-
conception of regional coopera- the concrete mechanisms how to ing threats. In the modern world,
tion has gained significance in streamline the efficiency of in- besides terrorism and tradition-
this country. formation exchange process that al military threats there are also
The Symposium on Black will be equally expressed in the economical, energy and environ-
Sea and Caspian Sea Security political decisions as well. The mental threats. In order to avoid
Issues was held to discuss the fact that the Symposium has theses threats and strengthen the
The David Aghmashenebeli “B” at the National Defence After successfully complet-
National Defense Academy cel- Academy took an oath during the ing training, 99 recruits of the
ebrated its fifteenth anniversary solemn ceremony. National Defence Academy
on June 17. A ceremony was held Brigadier General Zaza were granted certificates and
on the territory of the Ministry Gogava, the Chief of the Joint were promoted to the rank of
of Defence of Georgia. The event Staff of Georgia congratulated lieutenant. Due to exceptionally
was attended by the Chief of the the recruits on their completion high exam marks, two of them
Joint Staff, Brigadier General, of the advanced training course: were awarded diplomas with
Zaza Gogava, the Commander of “The role of the National De- honours.
the Land Forces, LTC Mamuka fence Academy is a priority of Training courses for Air and
Balakhadze, the Commander of the Georgian Armed Forces. We Naval forces junior officers start-
the Naval Forces, Captain Beso aim to develop the GAF with ed in July 23 and lasted for elev-
Shengelia, and the Head of the well prepared officers. The Na- en months. The three-stage ex-
National Defence Academy, Col. tional Defence Academy is the ercise led by the academy in-
Tariel Londaridze, other repre- best place for developing the structors included: Initial Com-
sentatives of the GAF leadership skills of officers.” bat, Candidate and Main Train-
and defence attaches accredited His Holiness Catholicos-Pa- ings. The recruits received theo-
to Georgia. triarch of All Georgia, Ilia II, sent retical and practical exercises in
The officers who graduated a letter of congratulation to the Tbilisi as well as in various re-
the Advanced Training Course recruits. gions of Georgia.

problems and issues of security been held here, in Batumi, Ad- regional security, the participants
in our region. It is the third year jara region, on the Black Sea of various countries discussed
that this symposium has been coast and the participants come the possibilities to deepen coop-
held. High ranking officials from from the countries of our region eration in this field.
the Intelligence Departments of is already a great success.” “We should not expect from
Defence Ministries of many Along with the high ranking this meeting the consolidation of
countries participated in the officials of Defence Ministries of our region. However, when mil-
event: the USA, Romania, Bul- Georgia and other foreign coun- itary meet each other and discuss
garia, Greece, Ukraine, Moldo- tries, independent experts of the security issues - this is great
va, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Ar- Georgian Foundation for Strate- event, especially in our region.
menia. The US hosted the first gic and International Studies par- Moreover, it’s happening in
symposium in 2006, and Roma- ticipated in Symposium. Batumi, and guests viewed our
nia hosted it the following year. The representatives of Intel- country”- said Aleksandre Ron-
This year it was organized and ligence Department of Defence deli, President of Georgian
hosted by the Ministry of De- Ministry presented to the guests Foundation for Strategic and In-
fence of Georgia. their vision regarding global ternational Studies.
Dr Sergei Konopyov, Direc- risks, regional challenges and The Symposium envisaged a
tor of Black Sea Security Pro- future prospects of cooperation number of cultural events. The
gram stated: “It is the first time among the participant countries. participants were hosted by Ba-
that the symposium is taking Expert Archil Gegeshidze paid tumi National Theatre. Delega-
place in Georgia. That is impor- attention to the factors that im- tion members visited Gonio Cas-
tant by itself. And as for concrete pede regional integration. tle and tasted the Georgian wine.
results that we already have is Among them are: frozen con- The next Symposium on
good network of people and this flicts, difficulties of transition, Black Sea and Caspian Sea Se-
case defence intelligence who historical rivalry, systematic cor- curity Issues will be held in Bul-
meet each other constantly ev- ruption and interest conflicts. garia. It means that cooperation
ery year for not only profession- “Despite the fact that coun- about abovementioned questions
al relationship but also personal tries of these regions are very will continue.
relationship. This fact is worth a different and have very diverse Maka Gurgenidze

Defence Minister of Ukraine Yury Ekhanurov Visited Georgia

The Defence Minister of Ukraine, Defence Ministry and the Joint Staff. supports Georgia in this critical period.
Yury Ekhanurov, paid a two-day official The meeting was also attended by the We talked about deepening cooperation
visit to Georgia. The visit intended to Ambassador of Ukraine in Georgia, between the two countries and I hope
deepen cooperation between two coun- Mykola Spys, and the Special Represen- that Ukraine will continue to assist Geor-
tries in defence field and was held in the tative of the Georgian Defence Minis- gia in the future.”
framework of Georgian -Ukrainian mil- try in Ukraine, Sophia Narchemashvili. Kezerashvili continued: “It is my first
itary cooperation plan of 2008. The topics discussed at the meeting visit to Georgia as Defence Minister.
An eleven-person delegation from included regional security issues, mili- Although the relationship between the
the Ukraine, led by Yuri Ekhanurov, was tary cooperation in the framework of two defence agencies have always been
received by the Defence Minister of GUAM and prospects for conducting open and friendly, the positions regard-
Georgia, Davit Kezerashvili. A solemn military-technical projects. The Defence ing different questions still need consul-
welcome ceremony was held at the Min- Ministers also talked about intensifica- tations. We talked about strengthening
istry of Defence of Georgia. After the tion of dialogue on NATO integration scientific cooperation in the military-
ceremony, the Defence Minister of issues. technical sphere. We also discussed the
Georgia held talks with his Ukrainian As the Georgian Defence Minister, ongoing NATO integration process and
counterpart. Afterwards, the Ukrainian Davit Kezerashvili, stated after the the implementation of agreements that
delegation members met with Deputy closed meeting: “the Georgian Defence are made in the framework of GUAM. I
Minister of Defence of Georgia, Mamu- Ministry is hosting its partner country, hope that decisions made by our presi-
ka Mujiri, the Chief of the Joint Staff of with whom we have tight political and dents at the political level will support
the Georgian Armed Forces, Brigadier military-technical relationship. It’s fair further cooperation between our two
General Zaza Gogava, and leaders of the to say that Ukraine is our friend which countries.”

Interview with the Ukrainian Defence

Minister Yuri Ekhanurov to Georgia als to expand our cooperation. We of- tion that this is the beginning. Also we lateral format; Georgian officers are
fered to start cooperation in the mili- want to continue our relationship in the studying in Ukraine, that’s tradition, but
tary scientific-technical field. framework of GUAM. The idea about together with this our soldiers are get-
Today Ukraine and Georgia have creating a new common unit comes ting training in Georgia, at the Sach-
an Intensive Dialogue with NATO. from the Ukrainian Ministry of De- khere Mountain Training School. Our
What do you think about the chanc- fence, and with Georgian side we will soldiers think very highly of the quali-
es of our countries at the NATO start preparing for this. This year, the ty of training, I’m very happy that such
meeting in December? level of military-technical cooperation kind of cooperation in mountain train-
Next week I will be in Brussels for is very high, we have to improve not ing will continue in future. The coop-
two days. We have a very serious rela- only quantitative but qualitative indi- eration in the air defence field is con-
tionship with NATO. There is a com- ces as well. cerned with the modernization of ex-
mittee in NATO where the Ukrainian Georgia and Ukraine are cooper- isting techniques and of education.
Defence Minister and the Defence Min- ating in the military educational About the Navy, I can say that we don’t
isters of NATO member countries are sphere. How do you evaluate the lev- have such a close relationships as in
working together. This dialogue is a lit- el of preparedness of Georgian offic- other parts of the military. I have a great
tle bit difficult but it’s normal, we are ers, and what do you think about co- desire to build cooperation in this field.
moving forward. We have a very broad operation in the Naval and Air De- I think that this subject will be one of
action plan for NATO structures this fence spheres? the main issues of discussion during our
year. I can say that we have done 110 As your president mentioned, the next visit.
events for the last 5 months. We have educational process has become a bi- David Jokhadze
much work to do for the future. For ex-
ample, not long ago we sent our ship
to the Mediterranean that raised the
NATO flag together with other coun-
tries. They are working together in the
framework of the “Active Endeavor”
program, with the purpose of fighting
against drug dealing, smuggling and
terrorism; it means that we are always
in a working process. We have one
problem and this problem is support of
citizens for NATO membership. Last
week we conducted a couple of events
in the big cities of our country to gain
the support of the Ukrainian population
for NATO membership. We are doing
our best, but this problem with the pub-
lic support still exists. I think that we
have time to do everything in a correct
Mr. Ekhanurov, is this your first guest at your president’s new residence, way, but I also know that this process
visit to Georgia? What is the purpose which is still under construction. It’s will not be easy. Today during the meet-
of your visit? symbolic – the country is developing ing with my colleague, with the Prime
This is my third time in Georgia. I and building and it’s very nice to see Minister and the Minister of Foreign
visited Georgia for the first time 20 these changes. Affairs, we discussed this issue. I want
years ago when I was the head of a con- Our nations have traditionally have to mention that we fully realize the se-
struction company in Kiev. I arrived in a good and friendly relationship. At the riousness of task we have to do, as yet
Tbilisi with my friends, who were same time, we have partnership be- we see just moderate progress but we
builders and engineers. I have to say, tween our military structures. A cou- are optimists.
after that first visit to Georgia, I had ple of weeks ago your minister visited What kind of projects are going
the most warm and best memories of our country. Our agenda is quite broad, to be implemented between our coun-
your country. When our official meet- we have relationship in the military- tries in the near future?
ings are over I will walk through the technical sphere on the highest level, The new project that received ap-
tiny streets of old Tbilisi, where I we are implementing reforms in the proval by your president is a project
walked for the first time 20 years ago. army and we have very many common about collaboration in the scientific-
The second time I was in Georgia issues. We are interested to see how technical sphere. We are talking about
in 1996, as part of a delegation of reforms are implemented in the Geor- processes, the results of which we can
Ukrainian governmental representa- gian Army. I asked to get information see after three to five years. We want
tives. It was a very hard time for your about the nutrition system in the army. this project to be developed by us and
country. I still remember that strained It’s very important and interesting for to be a joint project, we want Ukraine
situation that existed in Georgia in that us. In Ukraine we have changed our and Georgia to have common rights
time. When I compare it to today, ev- army nutrition system, we have con- over these projects. When the produc-
erything now is radically better. Being tracted private company services, but tions will start, Georgia and Ukraine
a professional constructor, I’m very we are still at the beginning of the road. will have common rights over that pro-
happy to see that the city is being re- So we have a lot of questions for the duction. We need to replenish equip-
constructed and renovated. I was a Georgian side. We have various propos- ment in several sectors. I want to men-

Land Forces Separate Demonstration Exercise

at Telavi Reserve
Medical Battalion
The Georgian Armed Forces is in an
Training Base
June 18, Telavi Reserve Training try and your family you do not feel the
important phase of its reformation. Sub- Base #5, Eastern Georgia. Despite the difficulty of the mission. This was the
stantial changes were implemented in rain, everyone including the instructors last stage of our training. During these
order to enhance defence system and and the leaders of the reserve base were 18 days, we were training in all the dif-
achieve interoperability with NATO preparing for the demonstration exer- ferent elements of combat, step by step.
standards. The formation of a separate cise. Reservists were waiting for the Today all the elements were combined,
medical battalion is one example of the military trucks that would take them to and the scenario looked like a proper
GAF development process. In 2007, the the training area. When they arrived at combat situation. When I heard the ex-
land forces separate medical battalion their destination, the instructors gave plosions, for a moment I forgot that it
was established by order of the Minis- them their tasks. According to the sce- was an exercise and felt my self like a
ter of Defence of Georgia. nario, the reservists’ missions were to real soldier on a battlefield. I felt great
The main function of the battalion is take combat positions, break through responsibility for my company and did
to rescue injured soldiers, provide pro- the ambush and to clear the road of my best to break through the ambush. I
fessional help, and efficiently send them enemy forces. The exercise started can not describe all the emotions and
to one of the central clinics. Today, the with a tactical movement, reservists feelings that I experienced. You must
separate medical battalion is manned had already passed 3km when sudden- feel it yourself.”
with 341 personnel, commanded by ly a loud explosion was heard. The re- The Chief of Staff of the National
Lieutenant Colonel Lasha Koiava and servists took combat positions and Guard Department, Colonel Levan
is located in Saguramo, near Tbilisi. opened fire. After they accomplished Asatiani, who was attending the exer-
In 1999, France granted a mobile the first two tasks, they started the third cise, was satisfied with the training lev-
field hospital to the Georgian Armed one- clearing the road of enemy forc- el of the reservists, saying: “Today, we
Forces. Since then, the GAF have es. All at once, the reservists opened have seen the results of the hard work
worked towards creating a medical bat- fire with all kinds of rifles in the direc- that reservists have done during these
talion. This process was supervised by tion of the road. 18 days. The aim of this training was
the French military and representatives The simulation exercise lasted for to make each member of the battalion
from the French embassy. After long and began consultations. Today, we have hind the frontline. There are special three hours. The reservists accom- feel and see his place in the battalion,
discussions, the medical battalion was a valuable and well equipped military evacuative units who will bring the plished all their tasks successfully. Af- as well as to make them realize the
finally formed in 2001, but still suffered field hospital which is capable of pro- wounded soldiers to the hospital. In case ter training, I decided to talk to one of importance of their service.”
many difficulties. First of all, the main viding help both during wartime and of war, there is a list of civilian medical the participants of the exercise. When During the next two days, reservists
problem was finding qualified person- peace.” personnel whose professional skills abil- I asked him if it was hard for him to from Mukrovani and Kojori Bases con-
nel who were willing to live and work During peacetime, the field hospital ities will be used, too. pass this 18-day training course, the ducted similar demonstration exercis-
in field conditions. The second big dif- will provide help for military service- According to the order of Defence reservist smiled and answered: ”To my es as well.
ficulty was financial. There had to start man and also for the civilian personnel minister and Chief of Joint Staff, a mil- mind, when you realize that you are
from a scratch - no special equipment, who serve in the Armed Forces. Every itary medical faculty will be formed at doing this in order to protect your coun- Nino Rusadze
no gear and no vehicles. The existing person who serves in the army has the State Medical University, which will
material and technical basis did not sat- passed examination of the military med- train and qualify military doctors. The
isfy even 10% of the demand. Step by ical commission. As a result, the level Battalion Commander said: “This fac-
step, the field hospital started to become of illness is very low, and it means that ulty will be under the control of the De-
less functional and the number of per- the medical examination in army is like fence Academy. Lecturers’ salary will
sonnel decreased further. Soon after that, a prophylactic. be paid by the Ministry of Defence.
the field hospital turned into a small During the different military train- These lecturers will teach both military
medical post unit. ings, the field medical hospital is locat- and civilian personnel. The faculty will
But today the situation has radically ed directly at the place of trainings and take in students in September.”
changed. LTC Lasha Koiava, Com- participates in the exercises. The field As LTC Lasha Koiava stated, the pre-
mander of Battalion spokes about their medical hospital also provides support paredness of the medical battalion is
achievements: “Fortunately, in the be- and help during the natural disasters and very high and is ready to meet any chal-
ginning of 2007, Mr. David Kezerash- catastrophes. lenges.
vili, the Defence Minister was interest- During wartime, the mobile field
ed in the condition of the field hospital, hospital will be located 15-30 km be- David Jokhadze

Handbook on Human Rights and Fundamental

Freedoms of Armed Forces Personnel
of a roundtable meeting, jointly orga- relevant; what challenges there are; how tional legislation, internal legal regula- tary justice, and veteran’s rights.
nized by the OSCE Office for Demo- the human rights and fundamental free- tion of the Ministry of Defence also pro- “The government and civil society in
cratic Institutions and Human Rights doms of armed forces personnel can be tects the rights of the Georgian Armed Georgia have shown great interest in
(ODIHR) and the Mission to Georgia at strengthened; what the advantages of Forces,” mentioned the Deputy Minis- working towards improving respect for
the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel on June 16. In strengthening respect for the human ter of Defence of Georgia Giorgi the human rights of soldiers and other
this regard the roundtable presented the rights and fundamental freedoms of Muchaidze at the meeting. He also add- members of the armed forces, and much
“Handbook on Human Rights and Fun- armed forces personnel are and so on. ed that in case of violations of the hu- work has already been done in this re-
damental Freedoms of Armed Forces Protection of human rights for mili- man rights military servicemen can ad- spect. Respect for the human rights of
Personnel.” tary personnel is high on the agenda of dress the Military Police or General In- armed forces personnel is crucial in cre-
The handbook, developed with the the defence sector. The respect for hu- spection. These two structural units of ating a professional culture within the
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Con- man rights protection in the army posi- the Georgian MoD are responsible for military that includes human rights as
trol of the Armed Forces, stresses that tively influences the relationship of the investigating cases and taking appropri- part of a commitment to democratic val-
respect for human rights and fundamen- Armed Forces and society, which is an ate action. Like other citizens of Geor- ues. When this is achieved, the armed
tal freedoms of armed forces personnel essential aspect of the democratic state. gia, a military serviceman can directly forces are not just defenders of a state’s
is not just a moral obligation; it is a part This is the area that demands full atten- appeal to the court or address the Public territorial integrity; they also defend and
of international human rights law and tion, respect, cooperation and day-to-day Defender’s Office in order to protect embody its values,” said Kirsten Mla-
The Armed Forces are an integral states are obliged to respect and protect improvement. In order to have strong their violated rights. cak, the head of the ODIHR’s human
part of a democratic state and society. the rights of personnel serving in their and motivated army, first of all, each The participants of the roundtable rights department.
By fulfilling their defence and nation- armed forces. Whether professional or soldier’s rights should be protected. The were representatives from the govern- Drafts of the handbook were subject-
al-security functions, the armed forces conscripted, they are entitled to the same army consists of individuals dedicated ment, military, civil society and the in- ed to close scrutiny and debate by the
play a key role in enabling a security rights and protection as all other persons, to protect their homeland and we are ternational community, as well as om- various experts in the field of human
environment that allows the inalienable although certain restrictions to these obliged to secure their rights and free- budsmen. At the meeting the participants rights of armed forces personnel
rights and freedoms to which we are rights may be imposed by military life. dom. “One of the main priorities of the discussed a new ODIHR handbook on throughout the OSCE region so as to
all entitled under human rights and in- In addition, experience has shown that Ministry of Defence of Georgia is to human rights of armed forces person- ensure that the ideas presented and con-
ternational humanitarian law. But not respect for human rights of armed forc- enhance human rights protection mech- nel, and the practical recommendations clusions drawn were valid. In Decem-
only when their rights are guaranteed es personnel increases their effective- anisms and social conditions for mili- contained in the handbook, and identi- ber 2006, ODIHR organized an expert
within their own institution will armed ness. tary personnel. Georgian legislation pro- fied further measures that can be taken review workshop in Warsaw that
forces personnel be likely to uphold The handbook is divided into six sec- vides the protective guarantees of the to improve the system for the protection brought together experts from a variety
these same rights both in the barracks tions, each of which comprises several military servicemen. Georgian law on of the human rights of armed forces per- of fields. This led to numerous changes
and during operations at home and chapters. The handbook includes such the “Status of Military Personnel” reg- sonnel in Georgia. Other topics covered and ultimately to an improved version
abroad. important issues as when the human ulates the rights and duties of military civil and political rights, the proper treat- of the handbook.
Therefore, protecting the rights of the rights and fundamental freedoms of servicemen as well as their main social ment of armed forces personnel, partic-
armed forces personnel was the focus armed forces personnel are particularly legislative guarantees. Apart from na- ipation of women and minorities, mili- Tea Kerdzevadze

Official Reception held

by the Defence
The Luckiest Attaches
Attaches’ Association
The Association of Defence Attach- Thomas Rapats, Austrian Defence
es held an official reception at Merab Attache to Ukraine, Moldova and Geor-
Berdzenishvili International Cultural gia spoke about the importance of the
Center “Muza” on June 4. Defence At- event and shared his impressions on
taches of 16 countries accredited to Georgia: “This event of the military
Georgia invited the representatives of Diplomatic Corps of Georgia is very
the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of significant. I think it is important to
Foreign Affairs, non-governmental or- show the Georgian authorities a little
ganizations and ambassadors of foreign bit of common spirit between the atta-
countries. che corps from the 16 different coun-
The Defence Attaches association tries resident in Georgia and also non-
was established in Tbilisi in 1999 and resident countries. I have been accred-
aims to strengthen cooperation between ited to Georgia for a year and I like it
Georgia and its partner countries on se- very much. It reminds me Austria.
curity and defence policy matters. Tbilisi is a nice city. We are a little
On June 4, the association united country in the heart of Europe. We have
five Defence Attaches of foreign coun- the Alps and Georgia has the big Cau-
tries. Now the number of military dip- casus. Austria also has valleys and lakes National media project “Etalon” and Dean Antony Plant, US and Army At- pants as winners. The award that was
lomatic representatives amounts almost like Georgia. We don’t have sea but the Ministry of Defence of Georgia or- taché Col Matthew Brand, US Bilateral granted to each of them was a year’s
25 members. The association held its Georgia has the Black Sea. I like your ganized TV game for foreign military Affairs Officer LTC Matthew Shannon worth of monthly payments of 100 GEL
first reception last year. Since then, the country very much.” attaches. Defence, Army, Marine/Naval and ODC Staff Sergeant Mark Sowell for the first three babies who would be
Defence Attaches established it as a tra- The Defence Attache of the Repub- and Air Force attaches of seven countries commenced the game with great enthu- born on Virgin’s Assumption’s Day, on
dition. lic of Lithuania LTC Albertas accredited to Georgia were invited to take siasm to reveal the “Luckiest Attache.” August 28, 2008.
part in the intellectual game “Etalon,” Though the game was conducted in a One of the winners, LTC Dmytro Ni-
which is a high rating ‘edu-tainment’ pro- friendly and non-competitive atmosphere kitishyn said: “I was a bit luckier then
gram on Georgian TV Broadcasting. it was a dynamic and interesting show as others, the questions were very interest-
Before the game commenced, Gocha most of participants kept the same rating ing. I guessed some of them by logic and
Tkeshelashvili the host of ‘Etalon’ said: and had almost equal scores. The Head others by knowledge and intuitions. It
“The participation of the Diplomatic of International Relations and Euro-At- really doesn’t matter who won the game
Corps will incite the popularization of lantic Integration Department, Nino but that such kinds of games are con-
the program outside of Georgia. The Bakradze, was assisted the host of the ducted. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter
Ministry of Defence is one of the state program by translating the questions in who the participants of the game are, but
agencies that support “Etalon.” I am English in order to make perception of that the stipend on behalf of the winner
happy that in the Ministry there are peo- the questions easier for the participants. will be donated to those babies who will
ple who have a comprehensive vision The game also was attended by the be born on August 28. Maybe it is a
of the processes and realize importance Head of the Public Affairs Department, little amount of money but still it will
of the program. In this respect, I express Nana Intskirveli. She greeted the foreign help the families financially. Therefore
my compliments to the deputy minister, military attaches and the members of it was honour for me to take part in this
Batu Kutelia, who is friend of our pro- their families who had come to support game.”
gram.” their relatives. Musical accompaniment Cooperation between the Defence
Defence Attaches LTC Christian for the program came courtesy of the Ministry and Etalon is set to continue.
Farkhondeh from the Federal Republic Orchestra of the Defence Ministry. As Gocha Tkeshelashvili announced,
of Germany, LTC Albertas Charzevskis Only LTC Karen Muradyan, LTC there are plans to invite the students of
from the Republic of Lithuania, LTC Dmytro Nikitishyn, WO 2 Dean Antony the 15 leading universities of the world
Karen Muradyan from the Republic of Plant reached the final round. Surpris- and the cadets of the Defence Academy
This year the reception was hosted Charzevskis shared his opinion as well: Armenia, MJG Elbrus Orujev from the ingly, all finalists scored the same of Georgia to participate in another game
by the Doyen of Defence Attaches’ As- “Today we had the second Defence Republic of Azerbaijan, LTC Dmytro amount but the fastest player was LTC in future.
sociation, Defence Attache of Ukraine Attache Association reception in Geor- Nikitishyn from the Ukraine, assistant Dmytro Nikitishyn. However, host of
to Georgia, LTC Dmytro Nikitishyn. gia. The first reception was held last to the Defence Attaché of the UK WO 2 the program crowned all three partici- Maka Gurgenidze
At the reception LTC Dmytro Ni- year. The main purpose of our meeting
kitishyn addressed the guests with a
welcoming speech and thanked the
Georgian Ministry of Defence for ac-
is to introduce our association to the
society of Georgia, to show that we are
active not only in our direct duties but
Concert Held for Reservists
tive cooperation on behalf of the De- we also share our warmest wishes to Representatives of the Cultural Cen- our country. These kinds of events are to learn more about the military life. To
fence Attaches’ Association: “The event all society of Georgia and to our Geor- ter of Gori State University organized a very important for raising the patriotic my mind all male citizens of Georgia
is organized by the Defence Attaches’ gian colleagues from the Ministry of concert for reservists at Mukhrovani feelings among the young generation. should pass this training in order to ac-
Association. We held the same kind of Defence of Georgia, Georgian Foreign Reservist Training Base on June 14. We have one common purpose – to have complish all the tasks when it is neces-
reception last year. The main goal of Affairs Ministry and correspondents as Since June 4, the Reserve Infantry Bat- strong and united country.” sary. The most important thing I learned
our reception is to give the defence at- well, and to our friends and colleagues. talion, manned with the residents of the The reservists were very pleased with here is the discipline which unfortunate-
taches another opportunity to meet each I think it is a good event. We believe Gori region, had been undergoing an 18- the concert and reservist David Makh- ly my generation does not have.”
other, to meet with the representatives that in future we’ll continue to orga- day training course. 80 percent of Bat- viladze shared his impressions with us: After the concert, the reservists re-
of the Georgian Armed Forces and ex- nize such events.” talion reservists are students of Gori “I want to thank the leadership of the turned to their barracks to prepare for
change opinions on various issues in The evening was musically accom- State University. According to the Com- National Guard and Gori University for the hard schedule for the next day.
an informal environment. Once again panied by the Military Orchestra of the mander of Mukhrovani Base, Colonel arranging such a wonderful performance.
we would like to express our active Defence Ministry. Malkhaz Jariashvili, reservists had I came to the reserve service as I wanted Nino Rusadze
support to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic in- passed tactical, engineering and fire ex-
tegration path.” Thea Chonishvili ercises.
The idea of holding the concert came
when their course mates had seen them
off to reserve service. They decided to
hold concert for them, in order to ex-
press their support.
The Head of the National Guard De-
partment, Colonel David Aptsiauri, and
Rector of Gori University, Professor
Zaza Tsotniashvili, attended the concert
and addressed the reservists. Colonel
Davit Aptsiauri expressed gratitude to-
wards the leadership of the Gori Uni-
versity for giving this kind of support to
the reservists.
Professor Zaza Tsotniashvili, the
Rector of Gori University addressed the
students as well, saying: “I am sure that
you will return physically and morally
prepared and will strengthen the patri-
otic mood in the university.” He spoke
about the importance of the army: “A
strong army and high-quality education-
al system is crucial for strengthening of