Report of Investigative Team to Foreign Diplomats
Ambassador of France to Georgia, the representatives of EU and UN missions to Georgia received report on the investigative activities carried out by the Georgian side in the Central African Republic. Defence Minister of Georgia hosted the foreign diplomats together with the members of the investigative team at the MoD. Deputy Defence Minister Besik Loladze and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Colonel Nikoloz Agladze attended the meeting as well.
At the meeting the sides outlined that Georgia is a reliable partner to EU and contribute in global security. As Besik Loladze stated, the Georgian government pays great attention to the worth of the Georgian Armed Forces and on the other side – protection of human rights. That’s why the Georgian side considered as principal issue to conduct investigation on high standards in order to ascertain the truth.
“We considered the investigation case on allegations of sexual abuse of minors as very important and do our best to be very transparent. Everybody should know the details concerning how inappropriate management may insult innocent people and accuse them in very heavy case. The Georgian side demands apologize from the same high tribunes as the accusations were sound. We consider as great importance our partners to have detailed information and be assured that Georgian soldiers are innocent. This case may become an example that any organization has to act more not to accuse military of any country without investigation”, stated Tinatin Khidasheli.
The investigative team delivered information to the foreign diplomats on the investigative activities in the Central African Republic and negotiations with the local law-enforcement authorities. The team members also familiarized the diplomats with the planned steps in the investigative process.
Ambassador of France to Georgia Pascal Meunier and Head of Political, Press and Information Section of EU, Dorota Dlouchy-Suliga expressed appreciation and thanked the Georgian side for transparency of the investigative process and effort to ascertain the truth.
„It is an important meeting. As for us we appreciate the way very much that the Georgian government conducted this issue because allegations of sexual abuse of the minors by soldiers is very serious problem. This kind of attitude means that truth had to be put forward. If soldiers are guilty they should be punished. If they are not guilty truth has to be known by everybody, because the reputation of the armed forces is at stake. So we are very satisfied to see that the Georgian government is taking this seriously and the transparency with which they are reporting to us“, outlined Ambassador Pascal Meunier.