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Signing the Charter the USA undertake to upgrade the Georgian army2009-01-09 15:37
In compliance with the Charter on strategic partnership the USA undertake to upgrade the Georgian army and enhance the country's defense capacity.gt-en-newsitem-inside
It was stated to the journalists by Georgia's Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze who is in Washington for an official visit, ITAR-TASS reports.
As he says "the document begins with a very important statement for Georgia according to which both countries acknowledge Georgia's territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty". "Then the document clearly reads that the USA undertake to upgrade Georgia's army, enhance the country's defense capacity and cooperation in this domain", - Vashadze said.
It will be remembered that some time earlier Chairman of Georgia's Parliament David Bakradze disproved the information that the Charter supposedly stipulated deployment of American military bases in Georgia but at the same time "the USA will continue assisting Georgia in reinforcement of defense capacity of the country, in training, preparation and arming of the country's armed forces".
It was also ascertained in the US State Department that a possibility of the US military bases deployment in Georgia was beyond the scope of the parties' intention and was not covered by the Charter.
This statement was made by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza in charge of the relationships with Tbilisi in the American foreign policy. "I categorically assert that there is no reference to the bases in the Charter", - he emphasized.
As it is expected the Charter will be signed today in Washington by Georgia's Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.