Georgian Army not to become burden for NATO, but to strengthen alliance: defense minister

Politics Materials 28 August 2009 17:47 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, Aug. 28 / Trend , N.Kirtzkhalia/

The modernized Georgian army will not become a burden to NATO, on the contrary, it will strengthen it, New Defense Minister, Bacho Akhalaia said at a news conference on Aug. 28.

He stressed that the modernization of the Georgian armed forces is one of the main priorities of his activities as a minister. Modernization includes improving not only armament and equipping the Georgian army, but also training soldiers and officers. And integration into NATO was and remains our non-alternative way," said the minister.

He named providing the peace among other top priorities of Akhalaia. "Peace for us is a key aim, and to achieve it, we must improve the country's defense, because there will be no peace without a strong army," he said.

The Minister thanked his predecessor, David Sikharulidze for the work done.