The new head of the Ministry of defence of Georgia Levan Izoria announced plans to restore mandatory military conscription abolished in June by his predecessor Tinatin Khidasheli, reports the portal “Georgia Online”. About this Izoria announced Monday, introducing the report of its 100-day activities at the post of the defense Minister and the reform plans of the Ministry.
In April Khidasheli declared that conscription will be abolished in 2017, and June 27, 2016 has suspended his order. According to her plan, so the Georgian army had to completely switch to contract service. The head of the state security Service, Levan Izoria, appointed to the post of defense Minister on 1 August, said he believes the appropriate renewal of the call, but in a new form.
“Recruits will complete basic training, and emerge as full-fledged soldiers. Their salaries will rise to 50 gel, also they will be able to use the output. Updated military compulsory service will provide economical cost, professional support component of the system of conscription and training of more staff for reserve and contact military service”, – said Izoria.
As notes “the Caucasian knot”, the rejection of conscription by 2017 was planned in January 2013, when the post of Minister of defense of Georgia was held by Irakli Alasania. In the first stage, the duration of military service was reduced from 15 to 12 months.
Tinatin Khidasheli noted that the system of voluntary recruitment into the armed forces of the country operates in many countries – members of NATO and showing its effectiveness. Announcing the First channel of the Public broadcasting of Georgia on the abolition of the appeal, she clarified: “At least my Minister of defense, the decision is. If the Agency comes another head, of course, he may take a different decision”.
It happened, and the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili expressed full support for defense Minister Levan Izoria in the process of implementing reforms in the Department, which he said in his report.
“This is a very important reform, and the Minister has full support from the highest level of government. We need to change a lot in this area and want to bring our defense system in accordance with Western and NATO standards”, – quotes RIA “news” the statement of the former.
He noted that Georgia is facing security challenges and, therefore, “the military system, the system of defense and security should be fully prepared for such challenges”.
The report of the Minister of defence also commented on the US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly. He noted that “in the speech of the Minister was clearly shown facing office challenges”. “Was well presented strategy of reorganization. The U.S. and the U.S. Embassy in Georgia supported the work of the Minister of defense,” said Kelly.
After the military conflict in August 2008, when it was partially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia has intensified its negotiations on cooperation with NATO. The new Georgian government that came to power after elections in October 2012, called the main priorities of the foreign policy of the country membership in EU and NATO and normalization of relations with Russia. The current President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili has repeatedly statedthat Russia poses a military threat to half of the Eurasian continent.