President Margvelashvili: Decision to Abolish the Constitutional Body - the National Security Council Is Based on a Wrong Understanding of the Current Situation

Published in Politics
Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:15

As a part of the “Strategic Discussions of Tbilisi”, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the Secretary of the National Security Council, Mr. Davit Rakviashvili have hosted diplomats, representatives of legislative and executive branches of the Parliament and members of non-governmental organizations to discuss the security system in relation to the constitutional amendments.
President Margvelashvili has shared his views on the deficiencies and challenges of the new security system in relation to the draft of the amended constitution.
The President has spoken about the role and significance of the National Security Council, to be abolished according to the new Constitution and noted that before the constitutional amendment, negative attitudes toward the National Security Council were apparent in public statements, open boycotts against the Council’s activities and the decision to form a parallel structure, the Defense Council.
According to the President, if a political will existed, coordinated cooperation in this regard would have been possible; however, unfortunately, according to the draft, the constitutional body – the National Security Council is already abolished.
"In fact, the body which ensures reinforcement of Georgian army and armed forces and deals with serious challenges, is practically abolished according to the new Constitution and is substituted on the one hand by the Defense Council, which will function only during wartimes and on the other hand, by the slogan “Georgia should become a NATO-member country”, - stated the President.
As he further pointed out, by introducing these amendments to the Constitution, unreasonable attitude toward the country’s security issues is highlighted.
“The current decision, according to which the National Security Council should be abolished and other structures strengthened, only because the Council is under the President’s subordination, is astonishing.
We should not have any political bias when it comes to the country’s security and defense; we should not be oriented to gain appreciation from individuals or politicians. If we thoroughly understand the current situation of Georgia, we will see that challenges that our country faces are very serious in terms of security and defensibility", - stated President Margvelashvili.
According to the President, considering the fact that the country’s major challenge remains Russian occupation, the regional security environment is worsened since 2008 and the situation is escalated in Ukraine and Syria, the role of the National Security Council, the body which reacts on these challenges on a daily basis, is decisive.
The National Security Council, aside reacting to the crisis, is committed to strengthen the country's defense capabilities. In this regard, Georgia’s integration process to NATO was coordinated with the National Security Council. Therefore, future cardinal changes in the Constitution, obviously, should formally be in accordance with our partners in NATO.
Considering the current situation, the President considers the decision to abolish the National Security Council absurd. He believes that this decision is triggered by a wrong understanding of the existing situation.
"I believe that it is a wrong understanding of the situation, to abolish the major constitutional body of the country, which ensures development of the military forces, civilian control over the armed forces and successful decision-making on the issues of the country's defense capabilities”, - noted the President.
The President has also criticized reduction of a commander-in-chief’s functions and pointed out that according to the draft, a president only formally has a commander-in-chief’s functions and has no discretion to make any decisions.
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