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Georgia’s generous offer for NATO

2010-01-29 15:06

5206.jpegDespite US president Barack Obama's statement on US pull-out from Afghanistan next year in his speech before the Congress Tbilisi proposes Washington to use Georgia's territory as a base for NATO blows on Taliban extremist movement. Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili is ready to provide access to sea ports and airports to the US and the alliance forces. Will the White House make use of this generous offer?


Now 38,000 soldiers from NATO partner states are stationed in Afghanistan, as is known. At the end of last year Obama decided to submit other 30 thousand US militaries there. US war against Taliban has been on for over 8 years and despite efforts of the North Atlantic Alliance and its partners the situation in the region has grown only tenser of late.

A short time ago US leader stated: "In Afghanistan we are increasing presence of our troops training Afghan security forces so that they could take over in July 2011 and our troops could go back home". Obama noted though that hard times are in store for the states involved in Afghan warfare.

Probably the only politician that has no fear of difficulties in the tricky region is Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili. Recently he suggested that the USA use the country's territory as a base for NATO blows onto Taliban forces confirming his readiness to give access to sea ports and airports for North Atlantic Alliance ships and airports for refueling and maintenance of NATO transport aircrafts, RBC reports. "Thus, there can be a corridor from Georgia via Central Asia to Afghanistan for supplies of arms and equipment the US and ally forces might need", - he added.

Generally speaking Georgia has good knowledge of Afghanistan. The republic has already been on a mission there: from September to December 2004 50 militaries were working there. In June 2007 Tbilisi submitted another application to NATO offering to submit its contingent to Afghanistan. The offer was approved at the alliance summit in Bucharest in April 2008 and in summer 2009 the Defense Ministry announced its plan to send Georgian peacekeepers to Afghanistan before the end of the year.

Last autumn US instructors came to Georgia to coach over 750 Georgian soldiers for combat operations in Afghanistan. The US Marine corps was training the 3d brigade's 31st battalion stationed in Kutaisi. Soldiers of this battalion were first to go to Afghanistan in November as part of the regiment. The enhanced regiment, part of the French contingent, was stationed near Kabul. In the near future 725 militaries will join 170 Georgian soldiers in the region to go to Pakistan border as part of the US contingent in February.

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