Officer’s death won’t make Saakashvili withdraw troops from Afghanistan
Grigol Vashadze, the Foreign Minister of Georgia, stated that death of Lieutenant Mukhran Shukvani in Afghanistan won't be followed renunciation of participation of Georgian military in peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.
"Georgia wont cancel its participation in Afghanistan, and this tragic loss won't be a cause of our mission's cessation," Vashadze said - Novosti-Gruzia.
He also noted the number of soldiers in the contingent wouldn't be increased. "We, as the partner country, took certain obligations. Unlike European countries, we are very close to Afghanistan. Staying of our heroes, our soldiers in Afghanistan, in the first line serves the national interests of Georgia," he added.
According to messages of the Ministry of Defense, Shukvani was blown up by a mine and died on site. Corporal Alik Ditolendia, another military, was attacked and lost both legs.
Georgia turned to NATO with a proposal to send its military contingent to Afghanistan in June 2007. It was endorsed at the summit in Bucharest in April 2008. Now 900 Georgian military are serving in the frameworks of ISAF operation.