The Chief of the Defence Staff of the Italian Armed Forces General Enzo Vecciarelli pays an official visit to Georgia. The Italian General met with the Minister of Defence of Georgia Juansher Burchuladze. At the meeting the Georgian Defence Minister extended gratefulness for Italy’s political support to Georgia’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and on the path to NATO integration. Georgia’s NATO and EU integration aspirations and active efforts of the defence segment of Italy towards development of Georgia’s defence capabilities and NATO standards were highlighted during the meeting. The sides talked about existing bilateral relations in defence sphere and future plans of cooperation.
After the meeting with the Defence Minister, General Enzo Vecciarelli was hosted by his Georgian counterpart, Major-General Giorgi Matiashvili. The colleagues discussed the ways of further boosting the existing bilateral defence relations at the tête-à-tête meeting that was followed by meeting attended by the leadership of the General Staff of the Georgian Defence Forces and Italian delegation. The sides discussed various activities in the framework of bilateral military cooperation, NATO-Georgia cooperation, joint participation in the large scale multinational exercises and other areas of cooperation. Georgia’s contribution to international security was underlined at the meeting. The sides expressed hope that existing close cooperation in defence sphere will strengthen further in the future.
Today, the Generals visited the Heros’ Square to pay tribute to the memory of the fallen heroes in fights for the territorial integrity of Georgia and laid a wreath at the memorial.
In the framework of the visit, the Italian delegation will also visit the NATO-Georgia Joint Trainings and Evaluation Center (JTEC).
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Hikmat Hajiyev: Armenia's deliberate targeting of residential areas and the civilians is a gross violation of international humanitarian law
Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev has made a statement as the armed forces of Armenia blatantly violated the ceasefire regime on September 27.
The statement reads: “As it has already been reported by the Ministry of Defense, around 06:00 hours, on 27 September 2020, the armed forces of Armenia blatantly violated the ceasefire regime and using large-caliber weapons, mortar launchers and artillery launched an intensive attack on the positions of the armed forces of Azerbaijan along the frontline, as well as the villages of Gapanli of Tartar district, Chiragli and Orta Garavand of Aghdam district, Alkhanli and Shukurbayli of Fuzuli district and Jojug Marjanli of Jabrayil district.
The bombardment of densely populated civilian areas and installations situated along the front line by Armenia's armed forces has been deliberate and targeted.
There are reports of dead and wounded among civilians and military servicemen. Extensive damage has been inflicted on many homes and civilian infrastructure.
The armed forces of Armenia continue with the bombardment of our positions and residential areas along the frontline.
Armenia's deliberate targeting of residential areas and the civilians is a gross violation of the international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention of 1949. Targeting the civilian population is a tactic incorporated in the combat training of Armenia's armed forces, and the Khojaly genocide perpetrated in February 1992 has been a vivid testimony to that.
According to the international law, Armenian armed forces' strikes against the positions of Azerbaijan's army, against the civilians and civilian infrastructure, with the use of large-caliber weapons, are Armenia's yet another military aggression and an act of the use of force against Azerbaijan.
The armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan are undertaking necessary counter-offensive measures to prevent Armenia's another military aggression and ensure the security of the civilian population.
Azerbaijan has issued repeated warnings to the international community that Armenia is preparing for a new act of aggression and war.
Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated that Armenia's ongoing military aggression against Azerbaijan and the presence of the armed forces of Armenia in Azerbaijan's occupied territories have remained a significant threat to regional peace and security.
With the General Debate at the UN General Assembly's 75th Session underway and the world fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Armenia's political-military leadership has resorted to another military adventure and a provocation. By doing so, Armenia's leadership demonstrated once again a flagrant disregard for the international law, UN Charter and the international community.
The responsibility for the present situation and future developments lie squarely with Armenia's political-military leadership.”
25 years have passed since the battle of Tamishi. Today, representatives of the General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces remembered the heroes fallen in Tamishi combat operation and paid tribute to their memory. Deputy Chief of General Staff, Brigade General Shalva Jabakhidze laid wreath on the Heroes `Memorial and remembered the history of their heroic deeds. The GAF representatives and Abkhazian War veterans also took part in the tribute paying ceremony at the Heroes` Square.
On July 2, 1993, at 05:00, the Abkhazian side landed the troops with the Russian military vessel consisting of 600 troops. At dawn, the first offensive was carried out against the Georgian military units located in Tamishi, Labra and Zemo Kintkhi. Dusheti, Shavnabada and Avaza battalions suffered a large number of causalities. The Georgian side lost around 300 warriors as a result of the several day-long combat operations. Despite the significant loss, the Georgian troops managed to repel the land forces and maintained their positions.
“Caucasian Eagle 2017” the Trilateral Field Exercise of special operations`military units of Georgian, Turkish and Azerbaijan Armed Forces are being conducted at IV Mechanized Brigade firing ground in Vaziani.
The goal of the exercise is deepening cooperation of Special Operations Forces of the three countries, sharing knowledge and experience, as well as developing the special operations conducting capabilities.
According to the scenario, the military units destructed important targets through direct attacks. The military servicemen fulfilled tactical, shooting, engineering and other kinds of special tasks. They had to undergo medical preparation and mastered fighting elements.
The training will last for 10 days with participation of land and air components.
The joint military exercise of Special Operations units of Georgian, Turkish and Azerbaijan Armed Forces is the third consecutive exercise. Prior to that, Turkish Republic hosted the exercise for already two times.
The attempted coup became apparent on Friday evening when tanks were positioned on key bridges in Istanbul. Armed forces were then seen in the capital Ankara a short time later and military jets started flying over the city. A group - part of the army - then declared that a "peace council" now ran the country and there was a curfew and martial law. Large explosions were heard near Istanbul's central Taksim Square and there were also reports of blasts at the parliament building in Ankara.
Broadcaster CNN Turk was also reportedly taken over by soldiers, and its live broadcast was cut. President Erdogan made a statement on Turkish television using his iPhone and FaceTime, calling on people to take to the streets to oppose the uprising. Huge crowds confronted the coup plotters and gunfire and explosions were heard. At least 60 people died in the exchanges.
The president has now returned to Istanbul, calling the coup attempt an "act of treason" and saying the army must be cleansed. He told crowds the government was now back in control. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered the military to shoot down aircraft being used by coup plotters. At least 60 people have died, while more than 700 members of the armed forces have been detained.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Georgia is NATO membership candidate country and it continues cooperation with the Alliance.
"We are working with Ukraine and Georgia as close partners. As for Georgia, it is a candidate country, we are working with it and support its efforts to modernize its armed forces, reform and come to NATO standards. The last summit, we received a substantial package and we are working on this package now. We sent advisers and recently opened a joint training center. This is a powerful, important signal of how we develop co-operation and support Georgia,-he said.