In Kutaisi, Georgian peacekeepers were awarded
In Kutaisi ceremony of awarding of Georgian soldiers who took part in the peacekeeping mission of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan took place.
As the "Georgia-News" reported, representatives of the Georgian contingent received state and departmental awards.
1019 servicemen were awarded medals for their participation in the peacekeeping mission, four received the Order of Vakhtang Gorgasali of third degree.
The Georgian military have been serving in Afghanistan since 2009 in membership of the International Security Assistance Force. In 2012, a second Georgian battalion will be sent to Afghanistan to perform peacekeeping mission in the International Security Assistance Force.
Recently, former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said that the soldiers of the republic should leave Afghanistan.
Shevardnadze expressed confidence that Georgia should never have to send its soldiers to peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan. "I believe we must withdraw our peacekeepers from there. If the U.S. leaves Afghanistan, why do we keep its contingent there?"- he stressed.
According to the former head of the Georgian state, the authorities must prove its desire to join NATO by the democratization of the republic, instead of using the replenishment of the Georgian contingent in Afghanistan.
Earlier representatives of the oppositional "Georgian Party" said about necessity to review Georgian military participation in peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan. Their appeal is associated with the dissemination of information about the death of the Georgian peacekeeper in Afghanistan. The statement also expressed condolences to relatives of deceased soldier Gia Goguadze.
In this regard, the "Georgian Party" demands to reconsider the scope of participation of Georgian military operations in Afghanistan.
"The "Georgian Party" believes that Georgians should participate in international missions, but the Georgian military contingent should not be so immensely increased. We are alarmed that the Georgian leadership is going to further increase the number of Georgian troops in Afghanistan" - said in a statement of the opposition.
"Instead of increasing the number of Georgian troops in operations abroad, it is necessary to reduce their numbers, which in turn will reduce the risk of death of Georgian military" - believe the opposition.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense confirmed the death of the soldier Gia Goguadze. The tragedy occurred as a result of a Taliban attack. A few more Georgian soldiers were wounded.