WHAT IS THE PRIORITY – DEFENSE OF GEORGIA OR PROTECTION OF AFGHANS AND AFRICANS?
03 July, 2014
WHAT IS THE PRIORITY – DEFENSE OF GEORGIA OR PROTECTION OF AFGHANS AND AFRICANS?
It’s already five years since the Georgian militaries, included in the NATO structures, have been fighting for the Alliance.

The Georgian armed forces have been included in two more international peacekeeping missions. This time the first group of Georgian militaries went 4 thousand kilometers away to the African continent, to Central African Republic; they will carry out the EU peacekeeping mission there.
It has also become known that from 1 January 2015, despite the end of the ISAF mission, Georgia
will keep more than 700 militaries in Afghanistan.Georgian militaries may also be sent to Mali where the military conflict is on.
Can this be the priority for the country, two regions of which are occupied by the neighboring country and there is a big threat of renewing of military aggression? And how justified is it for Georgia to send 10% of its infantry to different parts of the world (1600 men to Afghanistan, 170 - to Central African Republic) when the USA and NATO are sending their combat units to East Europe, namely to the border with Russia? What is more important – defense of the Georgian population or care about the security of Afghans and Africans?
We’ve been asking this question for years already but the Ministry of Defense and the authorities of the country are still stubbornly increasing the number of Georgian contingent abroad.
Of course we aren’t against participation in the peacekeeping operations under the aegis of NATO but why should we have 1600 militaries in Afghanistan while the NATO member Turkey has only 450 men there, Czech Republic – 250, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania taken together – less than 150?!
Or, why should we send 150 militaries, included in the EU mission, to Central African Republic when the EU member Estonia has only 45 men there?
Several NATO member countries are only symbolically represented in Afghanistan (for instance, Greece sent only 10 militaries) while the flags of these countries are proudly flying at the ISAF Headquarters and they are considered to have fulfilled their duty to this Mission just like Georgia which sent two reinforced battalions to Afghanistan…
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