Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia will hold joint military exercises; this agreement was reached at a meeting of defense ministers of the three countries in Nahchivan. This was announced on Tuesday by the head of the defense department of Azerbaijan Zakir Hasanov.

The minister said that the objective of the exercise is to increase the military efficiency of the armed forces.

During of Nakhchivan meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia - Zakir Hasanov, Ismet Yilmaz and Iraklii Alasania also agreed to hold meetings in this format twice a year, the organization of joint seminars and conferences, creating of trilateral format in military education and cooperation in the military technical sphere, said Hasanov.

The minister said that it is planned to organize meetings of experts to explore promising areas of cooperation.

The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia have also discussed the military-political situation in the region, had an exchange of views on issues of security and restore stability in the region.

The parties also noted the effectiveness of development cooperation in this format.

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Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania tomorrow will travel to Azerbaijan. During the visit will be held a trilateral meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

According to the statement of Alasaniya, this meeting was preparing for a long time with the initiative of the Georgian side last year. As the head of the Defense Ministry of Georgia noted, it will be the first formal meeting of the three ministers.

According to him, the meeting and the subsequent clearance of the agreement will be focused on the planning of actions by three countries aimed to the protection of the communications infrastructure, in particular, oil and gas pipelines and railways in a critical situation, in case if there is a military escalation. As emphasized Alasaniya, it is not a step against anyone. "On the contrary such agreements provide additional support for regional stability", - concluded Alasania.


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Thursday, 31 May 2007 19:00

Unbeaten Turkey progress in style

Turkey's hopes of reaching the UEFA European Under-19 Championship were ended despite a late goal from Kadir Keles that salvaged a draw against Georgia in the final round of fixtures in Elite round Group 4.
Tolunay Kafkas's side started their third and final game in the mini-tournament with three points, one behind section leaders Portugal. In the event the Iberian team's 4-2 win against section hosts and 2006 finalists Scotland ended Turkish hopes, although Keles struck in the final minute of normal time to cancel out Rati Tsinamdzgvrishvili's 79th-minute opener for Georgia, who had taken the lead despite losing Beka Gotsiridze to a red card four minutes before half-time. Turkey, who had hoped to add this crown to the U17 title won by this generation in 2005, therefore finished in second place with four points, two places and two points above Georgia.
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