31 August-Georgian Peacekeeper`s Day
31st August has been announced as the Georgian Peacekeeper`s Day. With regard to this day, Defence Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of the GS Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze laid wreath on the Memorial of the Heroes fallen in fights for the territorial integrity of Georgia and while performing peacekeeping operations. Deputy Ministers Lela Chikovani, Zaal Kapanadze and Giorgi Butkhuzi as well as Deputy Chief of the GS Giorgi Surmava paid tribute to the memory of the fallen military.
Georgian Peacekeeper`s Day was established under the decision of Defence Minister Levan Izoria. 17 years ago, just on this day, the first Georgian Peacekeeping Platoon was deployed to Kosovo to perform the peace support mission there. “Today we are celebrating Georgian Peacekeeper`s Day for the first time. Our military have been faithfully engaged in different international missions for already 17 years led under aegis of EU and NATO. I have just arrived from Afghanistan where I witnessed their professionalism and their international recognition. Each person in Georgia should know that they are fulfilling a very significant mission. It is the demonstration of a great trust towards them and recognition of their professionalism. I am both happy and pride about this fact like any Georgian citizen”, stated Minister Levan Izoria.
Today, Minister will also meet the Georgian military peacekeepers who performed the first mission in Kosovo: ”we are marking this day together with our partners. We have invited the Platoon that had carried out the first peacekeeping mission in Kosovo 17 years ago. First of all I would like to thank all of them and all the military who participated in this important mission.”
Georgian Armed Forces have been participating in the international missions led under the auspices of EU and NATO since 1999. At this moment, the Georgian military contingent is involved in peace support operation as part of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. One Georgian officer is also engaged in the EU military-training mission in Mali.