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Saakashvili walks into NATO over dead bodies24.06.2011 | 12:58
Official Tbilisi continues to invent excuses for the deaths of Georgian peacekeepers in Afghanistan. Private Giya Goguadze was wounded to death during an attack of the Taliban this week. The authorities of Sakartvelo state that the decision to increase the contingent in the Muslim republic was not made to "sweeten the pill" for somebody but basing on considerations of Georgia's national security. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed these ambiguous statements with Kakha Dzagania, ideological secretary of the Labor Party, and Petre Mamradze, a member of parliament.
of the Labor Party, and Petre Mamradze, a member of parliament.
Giya Goguadze died carrying out his mission as part of Georgia's peacekeeping contingent in the Afghan province of Gelmand. As the press service of the ministry of defense of Georgia reported, the private was wounded during the attack of the Taliban. He was taken to hospital but doctors failed to save him. President Mikheil Saakashvili and the ministry of defense expressed condolences but it is evident that this procedure has become a mere formality for the country's leaders.
The dead Georgian guy was the eighth victim inside Sakartvelo's peacekeeping contingent brought to Afghanistan due to Mishiko's ambitions and his aspiration to join the North Atlantic Alliance. There is nothing to calm the Georgian president down: next year he plans to send another battalion of soldiers to the Islamic republic. This will make Georgia the most generous supplier of military force among NATO partner states that take part in the antiterrorist operation.
In the meantime representatives of the ruling elite reiterate that the struggle with "Taliban" is Georgia's top priority. "We have decided to increase the Georgian contingent basing on national interests", - Georgia's envoy to NATO Grigol Mgaloblishvili says. - Yes, we have a number of reasons for it and Georgia's national security is among the most important ones".
What national security does Mgaloblishvili refer to? Most probably, Georgia's participation in the massacre over Taliban will enrage terrorists and make Tbilisi a target of possible attacks. By the way, a number of opposition parties realize that and call on the families of Georgian soldiers not to let their relative go to Afghanistan. "Over a long time Georgia has been a factory of cannon fodder for NATO and the States", - Kakha Dzagania, ideological secretary of the Labor Party remarked. - Many countries that make part of the alliance don't send their armies to Afghanistan. Saakashvili does it - sending our children there".
GeorgiaTimes correspondent got in touch with Dzagania asking him for more details concerning demands of the Labor party. According to the oppositionist, his party resorted to NATO since it's pointless to refer to Saakashvili and his government. "He preserves power on the blood of soldiers in Afghanistan", - Dzagania says. - But our boys must not be occupants in a foreign country. This is a military action - an intervention in a foreign country".
The oppositionist believes that the government of the republic is not interested in domestic problems. "They want their seats, their power, - he remarks. - And because of this aspiration to remain part of the ruling elite they send our soldiers to make war in a foreign country. Our contingent grows for some reason while other countries pull their troops out. As a result, Georgia becomes a target due to the policies of our government".
Meanwhile Petre Mamradze, a member of Georgian parliament, states in his interview with GeorgiaTimes that as a citizen of Georgia he supports the republic's contribution in international security. "Tbilisi needs it because we get so much aid from the international community", - Mamradze underlines. - On the other hand, Saakashvili sends a disproportionally tremendous contingent per capita - we have overdone all NATO member states in this. This attracts general attention for only one purpose. In reply it is expected that the West and primarily the United States will turn a blind eye to violations of human rights and the authoritarian regime of Saakashvili in Georgia. The president is thanked for taking part in the operation in Afghanistan but everyone sees what is going on in the republic. The West's reaction to May 26 events just proves it".
In conclusion Petre Mamradze expressed confidence that more battalions would be sent to Afghanistan. "Firstly, people that sign contracts get high salaries, medical insurance and so on. And secondly, the death toll won't be an obstacle for Saakashvili", - he summed up.