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Official Statements 2012

Security Working Group Joint Statement (November 29)

Members of Security Working Group. Photo: State Dept

Members of Security Working Group. Photo: State Dept

The Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission's (SPC) Working Group on Defense and Security

The U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission's (SPC) working group on defense and security met on November 29 to review progress on goals set at the plenary session of the SPC in June in Batumi. The working group underscored the continuing U.S. support for Georgia's sovereignty, territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and joint non-recognition efforts. The working group noted that the October elections and peaceful change of government were positive steps in demonstrating Georgia's progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration, a goal which enjoys broad consensus in Georgia. The United States supports Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

The working groups discussed the Georgia Deployment Program of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and the U.S. side honored the Georgian contribution to this operation. The sides highlighted the progress made in fulfilling President Obama's pledge to enhance our cooperation in new areas focused on NATO interoperability and self-defense capabilities, and supporting continued defense institution building reforms. The sides discussed efforts to help Georgia develop its air surveillance, air defense and coastal surveillance capabilities, as well as defensive combat engineer capabilities, improve leadership and training skills of its non-commissioned officers, advance the command and control abilities of its brigade headquarters, prepare to replace its utility helicopter fleet, and strengthen wounded warrior care, border security, and law enforcement capabilities. The working group noted the progress that has been achieved in enhanced defense cooperation, which has moved into the implementation phase.

The working group also discussed security issues in Georgia and in the region.