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GEORGIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER: DOMESTIC SECURITY COMES FIRST

RIA Novosti

TBILISI, March 11 (RIA Novosti) - Chairwoman of the Georgian Parliament Nino Burdzhanadze has confirmed that Georgian authorities will not allow any foreign military bases to operate on Georgian territory.

"The Georgian authorities have stated more than once that they are not going to forfeit the country's security for the sake of other countries' security," she told reporters in Tbilisi on Friday, the Novosti-Georgia agency reported.

"We understand that it is in Russia's interests for Georgia not to allow foreign military bases on its territory after Russian bases are withdrawn. We are ready to take into consideration the legitimate interests of any country, including Russia, but we will take Georgia's interests into account first," Ms. Burdzhanadze said.

She underscored that "the Georgian authorities are ready to do everything possible to prevent danger from the Georgian territories from threatening Russia."

Ms. Burdzhanadze said that Tbilisi does not want a confrontation with Russia and expects negotiations in the next two months to result in the adaptation of an acceptable and reasonable timeframe for the withdrawal of Russian military from Georgia.



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