19 Dec. 2001
Lt.Gen, David Tevzadze,
Minister of Defence of Georgia
at the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
in Defence Ministers session
This meeting of Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Defence Ministers
session is a first one after the Alliance decision to invoke article #5
of the Washington Treaty in response to the outrageous terrorist attack
against the U.S.A. Hereby I would like to reiterate the feelings of all
Georgians and personally express my sympathy and solidarity with American
people after the tragedy, which we consider as a hostile act directed
against the whole civilized world.
September 11th has, not only, widely opened our eyes on terrorism as
a real threat to every state regardless of its strength and geographical
location, which we have to fight with joint effort. It also demonstrated
clearly that despite existing contradictions, the civilized world needs
to stand together in order to counter this plague of 21st century.
Georgia has declared its support to the international coalition in anti-terrorist
campaign We convinced that efforts of democratic society must be directed
also to eliminate the feeding sources of terrorism, such as an aggressive
separatism, ethnic hatred and religious or other type of fanaticism, i.e.
the ideology of terrorism. Based on the unique Georgian geographical location
on a crossroad between civilizations, we consider it worthwhile to launch
a research project, in EAPC/PfP framework suggesting to analyze the processes
held in Caucasus as a model to find some roots or sources feeding the
terrorism as mindstand. By inviting NATO/PfP workshop to be conducted
in Tbilisi next year we will give the initial impetus to this process.
We welcome Russia's active involvement in anti-terrorist campaign and
the current expansion of ties with NATO gives the new impetus to the enhancement
of Euro-Atlantic security. We believe that a new format of NATO-Russian
relations will provide a useful and effective dialog on key problems,
including regional issues.
In this context of events lately having place in Georgia, I would like
to inform you about Georgian government's decision to apply for Air Situation
Data Exchange with NATO. We are confident, that Georgia's participation
in this new initiative will largely enhance our air-space coverage capabilities
and provide certain deterrence against intruders.
Finally, I wish to underline that Georgia considers the CFE treaty as
of utmost importance for the European security. We fully support NATO
position on adapted CFE implementation given by NAC Communique on December
6. Georgia reiterates its firm position concerning the fulfillment of
all commitments determined by OSCE Istanbul summit of 1999. In this regard,
we stand ready to start the ratification process of the adopted treaty
as soon as our counterparts accomplish fully their obligations.