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Saakashvili wants peace but prepares for war2010-07-29 12:57
Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, made statements, which despite their seeming neutrality sounded quite bellicose - RosBalt.gt-en-newsitem-inside
At the meeting with the Ministry of Defense leaders he called on to prepare for "total defense" all around the republic. He noted the necessity of "stopping the further movement of an enemy inside the country", and called "de-occupation" the main purpose of Georgia.
The Georgian leader called on to pay more attention to training reservists and develop civil defense. "In every settlement, in every locality of Georgia there must be small groups with due training, people in charge, minimal amount of necessary weapon to defend their land, their settlement, their street, town and district," he said.
He also noted the importance of improving military education quality and expressed discontent with training in military academy where, as he sees, much must be changed. "We need more good officers" he highlighted and added in the course of recent reforms over 800 officers were dismissed. In the view of Saakashvili the Georgian army has enough armaments.
The President believes that defense of the country must not be the concern of professionals alone. "Defense of Georgia must be a common task of every representative of multi-ethnical country. We clearly saw how Georgia was defended by representatives of all ethnical groups," he concluded.