Ivanishvili cannot understand what Bokeria receives salary for

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Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, on 4 June, said in an interview to Resume TV program that no meeting of the National Security Council of Georgia (NSC) has been held over the past eight months and he wonders what the NSC Secretary Giga Bokeria receives the salary for.

"It has been eight months now that a [NSC] meeting has not been held. What do they receive salary for and what do they do? Complaints have been voiced from our team – what is the NSC doing?! Travels to Washington alone to meet lobbyists ?! Bokeria's visit to Washington preceded the publication of the article in the Washington Post [the letter of editorial board, "Georgia's Democracy in Peril", criticizing the current government of Georgia]. What do they do for the country? Where do Bokeria and the president travel? We do not know anything about that. What do they receive the money of taxpayers for?! Where have they been so far or who has impeded them [to hold an NSC meeting]?!" declared prime minister.

Commenting on Bokeria's statement of 3 June, Ivanishvili said he has nothing to reply: "Let them instead of waiting for my instructions act as they are required by the constitution and the law. It does not matter what my position is; they are to perform what their task is," noted Ivanishvili.

On 3 June, Giga Bokeria said that even though an NSC meeting is formally and actually called by the president, it requires the readiness from prime minister.

"Both formally and actually, the president calls an NSC meeting, but for such a meeting to make sense and to be held, after all, there must be the readiness on the part of prime minister. The objective is not to conduct a circus – I call a meeting but someone is busy to attend it. As far as I am aware, prime minister's attitude towards this issue was negative. If he has changed that attitude and will find time to discuss such issues, it will be good. However, we have not heard such a response and the statements of that kind [about the need to call an NSC meeting] made by separate MPs cannot be regarded as the response of prime minister," Bokeria said.

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