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Saakashvili admitted he was ready to quell the mutiny in Mukhrani by force2009-05-06 15:55
At today's meeting with the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili admitted that in case the tank battalion complied with the 1-hour ultimatum, he would order to start the operation on mutiny crushing.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Yesterday I gave them one hour to surrender and lay down arms, but in case this ultimatum wasn't complied with, force operation would start. We would deploy our forces around the base, artillery and tanks would stand on the heights ", the President said.
Besides, the President thanked the military for quick and effective action which allowed quelling the mutiny as soon as possible.
In his speech in front of the officers the President compared the two incidents in Mukhrovani: the yesterday's one and the incident occurred several years ago, under Shevarnadze's administration.
Saakashvili mentioned that several years ago the mutiny organizers were acting officers, yesterday - former ones, dismissed after the Rose Revolution. In his view, it was the only difference.
The President underlined that under Shevarnadze's administration long negotiations were held, government promised mutineers safe-conducts, and after the incident some of them got high positions.
"In my turn, I gave them only one guarantee: if they surrender it will be regarded as a mitigating circumstance ", the Georgian leader said.
Another difference he reveled was: that time mutineers were nearly proclaimed heroes, whereas yesterday's ones will be severely punished.
"That time Georgia wasn't a state, and now it is a stable state, and we proved it", the President claimed and highlighted that today law and justice rule the country, and every attempt to destabilize the situation will be suppressed in the very beginning.