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Georgia to send 100 peacemakers to Afghanistan2009-03-31 12:28
In nearest future Georgia will send 100 peacemakers to Afghanistan, stated today Grigol Vashadze, the Foreign Minister of Georgia, who arrived in the Netherlands to participate in the international conference on Afghanistan - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Georgia is already taking part in reconstruction works, a group of Georgian doctors is already staying there; in the nearest future one hundred Georgian military to participate in the peacemaking operation, Vashadze said.
"We are coordinating issues to deploy our military contingent with French and our militaries will be located in this country's zone," the Minister said.
Yesterday Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, stated that he had sent a letter to the U.S. President in which had stated readiness to increase the level of Georgia's participation in the peacemaking operation in Afghanistan. He said that Georgia is ready to extend cooperation in the USA in this field as well.
In June 2007 Georgia submitted an application to NATO with a proposal to draw its contingent to Afghanistan as, according to the document, normalization of the situation in Afghanistan is one of the main issues for the whole world. The proposal was admitted at the NATO summit in Bucharest in April 2008, in July 2008 the Ministry of Defense stated that it plans to send 400 peacemakers to Afghanistan to the end of the year.
In October Tbilisi confirmed the decision but mentioned that the contingent will be lesser than planned before. Georgia has already participated in operation in Afghanistan: since September to December 2004 fifty Georgian military served there.