Georgian soldier AfghanistanA Georgian soldier, who went missing in southern Afghanistan last week, was found dead on Saturday, Georgia’s defence minister said.

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasaniya made the announcement at press briefing December 29.

Sergeant Giorgi Kikadze is the nineteenth Georgian soldier to lose his life while carrying out his duties as part of the NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

December 19, Kikadze was announced missing after he disappeared from the military base at which he was based. It is not publicly known in which province he was serving.

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania Saturday evening announced the loss of another Georgian soldier. He expressed his condolences to the family of the soldier and apologized for giving high hopes of finding their son.

“Sergeant Giorgi Kikadze has been found dead today in Afghanistan,”Alasania said in a televised statement.

“This makes us more sober. How great responsibility we have to the participants in this mission,” he said. “We need to be more careful to avoid such tragedies.”

Georgia has 1,570 troops serving in Afghanistan, making the small Caucasus country of 4.5 million the largest non-Nato contributor to the International Security Assistance Force, according to the defence ministry.

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