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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 183-97
August 01, 1997

Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Departs For Bosnia And Georgia

Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, U.S. Army, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will depart Andrews Air Force Base on Sunday evening, August 3, for visits to Bosnia and Georgia.

The chairman will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia, on an invitation from President Eduard Shevardnadze and will be hosted by General Lieutenant Vardiko Nadibaidze, the Georgian Minister of Defense. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Shalikashvili will meet with host country officials to discuss issues of mutual interest. That afternoon he will tour Georgia's Unified Military Academy and observe Georgian and U.S. National Guard troops participating in the CORNERSTONE '97 Exercise in Skeneti. The exercise is in the spirit of a Partnership for Peace combined/joint engineering field training exercise. U.S. forces (active and state National Guard) are working with the Georgian National Guard forces to conduct repairs and renovations to a children's hospital in Tbilisi and the orphanage in Skeneti.

A press conference will be held at 7 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the American Embassy in Tbilisi. Media wishing to cover this event should contact Ms. Omie Kerr, USIS public affairs officer, American Embassy Tbilisi at 011-995-32-983983, or Ms. Joan Asboth, office of the chairman, public affairs at (703) 697-4272.

In Bosnia, Shalikashvili will meet with SFOR commanders and officials in Tuzla and Saravejo on Thursday, Aug. 7. A press conference is scheduled for 10:50 a.m. (local time) at the Coalition Press Information Centre, the Holiday Inn in Saravejo. Interested media should contact Maj. John Blakely or Maj. Chris Riley at the Coalition Press Information Centre, at 011-387-71-447-610.

The chairman is scheduled to return to Washington on Thursday evening, Aug. 7.

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