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Czech and Lithuanian Ambassadors Visited Skra

Friday, December 11
The representatives of NATO's Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the General Staff and Diplomatic Corps familiarized with the progress of the “Georgia IV” Project of NATO Trust Fund in the village of Skra, Gori region.

The NSPA launched the implementation of the project last summer, which involves clearing village territories of wasted ammunition scattered after arms depot explosions during the 2008 August War. Lithuania and the Czech Republic are taking part in the project as the leading countries, but 12 more NATO members and partner nations provided financial contributions to the project as well.

Along with the NSPA representatives, Gvantsa Kvinikadze and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Colonel Omar Begoidze, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Georgia Tomas Pernicky and Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania Giedrius Puodziunas visited the village of Skra. LEPL Military Scientific-Technical Centre DELTA implementing the project and the Engineer Brigade EOD Company representatives informed the visitors thoroughly about the progress of the project.

After the project's implementation, the population of Skra will be able to roam the village's territory safely. The project budget amounts to 1,6 million Euros and is calculated to last two years. One of its components is to conduct training and provide equipment for the Engineer Brigade's EOD Company that is heavily involved in the clearing works.

In the framework of the programmes implemented under the aegis of the NATO Partnership for Peace Trust Fund, Georgia launched collaborative efforts with NSPA in July of 2002. Within the close cooperation with the agency, three PfP Trust Fund projects “Georgia I”, “Georgia II” and “Georgia III” were successfully accomplished.

From Skra, the Ambassadors visited the Gori Military Hospital to view the medical rehabilitation unit procured under the project “Georgia III” with the support and financial aid of the Czech Republic.