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Georgian Minister of Defense: we will continue forming NATO standard army2008-12-10 10:54
Georgian army will be reformed and modernized in accordance with NATO standards, announced today David Sikharulidze, the new Georgian Minister of Defense, in the airport of Tbilisi on return from the USA, where he occupied the position of an ambassador, ITAR-TASS informs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The chief branches of defense course remain the same: defense potential consolidation, further armed forces modernization, reformation of army in accordance with NATO standards, Sikharulidze said. The Ministry will continue national defense potential consolidation and is ready to contribute in regional and international security and stability, the Minister stated.
According to Sikharulidze, Georgian armed forces need no reshuffle.
"The backbone of Georgian army are well-educated and well-trained officers, and there is no need in reshuffle ", - the Minister started.
Let us remind that David Sikharulidze was appointed the Minister of Defense yesterday. From 1996 to 2000 he was the leading specialist of the parliamentary committee of Defense and Security; from 2000 to 2004 he managed the department of NATO in Georgian Foreign affairs Ministry and finally occupied the position of Georgian diplomatic mission in NATO deputy head. In 2004 he was appointed the deputy Security Council Secretary, than took the office of first deputy Minister of Defense. Since 2006 he represented Georgian interests as an ambassador.