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July 19, Vilnius (BNS). Georgian Minister of Defence Georgyj Baramidze, currently visiting Lithuania, welcomes Lithuania's undertaking to become supporter of Georgia's ambition to become NATO and EU member.

Minister G. Baramidze met with media representatives after his meeting with Lithuanian Minister of Defence Linas Linkevicius, at which they signed an agreement regarding studies of Georgian militaries at the Lithuanian Military Academy.

"Lithuania's support of our ambition to join NATO is very significant to us since we are ready to travel the same road that Lithuania has already travelled," said Baramidze. "It's essential for us that we have a friend who is a NATO and EU member," he claimed.

International Exercises
 Joint international military-civil exercises "Rescuer/Medceur 2004" open in the seaport of Klaipeda on July 19.

During the exercises participants from armed force units, non-governmental organisations, government and civil institutions will be trained to act interoperably while responding to crisis, natural disasters, terror attacks, organising rescue operation and providing humanitarian and medical assistance to residents of the crisis area.

This year the "Rescuer/Medceur" multinational exercises organised in the spirit of Partnership for Peace are contemporaneously carried in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Bulgaria.

Lithuania receives over 400 military and civil representatives from 14 NATO members and partners of the Alliance. In addition, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Uzbekistan as well as US, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Croatia and others are also sending their representatives to the exercises. The International Red Cross will have its ambassadors at the exercises too

National Defence Minister met with Iraqi Minister of Defence

On Tuesday, 6 July, during a visit in Iraq, Lithuanian National Defence Minister, Linas Linkevičius, and him attending delegation met with Iraqi Minister of Defence, Hazim al Sha'alan.

During the meeting, L. Linkevičius congratulated the Government of Iraq on taking over sovereignty of the country. The Iraqi Minister H al Sha'alan noted that the country had recently become slightly more secure, people are watching and waiting for decisions to be taken by the new government.


" We have started from the scratch, while being in an extremely complicated situation - we have not much experience in developing structures of civil authorities, and lots of weapons, " said the Iraqi Minister of Defence.

Delegation headed by National Defence Minister Linas Linkevičius visiting Iraq

On 5 July a Lithuanian delegation headed by National Defence Minister Linas Linkevičius is visiting Iraq. Together with the Minister, Chairman of parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, Alvydas Sadeckas, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Šarūnas Adomavičius, Chief of Defence Staff Colonel Vitalijus Vaikšnoras have arrived in Iraq.

While in Iraq, the officials will visit Lithuanian troops serving in an international mission in Al-Hillah near the capital city of Baghdad

Two Lithuanian military platoons leaving for Iraq

On 1-2 July Lithuanian platoons LITCON-4 (Lithuanian Contingent) and LITDET-3 (Lithuanian Detachment) will be leaving for Iraq.

The leaving ceremony will be attended by the Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Major General Valdas Tutkus, Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force, Brigadier General Arvydas Pocius, Battalion commanders, relatives of the deploying troops.

The leaving troops will exchange with their colleagues who are currently completing their six month misison in Iraq.

M. Alliot-Marie: Lithuania and France share a common commitment in developing the new NATO and EU

On Thursday, 1 July Lithuanian National Defence Minister, Linas Linkevičius, met with French Minister of Defence, Michele Alliot-Marie, who is currently with an official visit to Lithuania.


"Lithuaniaā€™s accession to NATO and the EU gives an excellent opportunity to enhance co-operation between Lithuania and France, both of which belong to the same community," said M. Alliot-Marie. The Minister underlined that the both countries share a common commitment in developing the new NATO and EU.


The Ministers exchanged opinions about NATO-EU co-operation in the field of security.

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