Defense chief Terras likely to get his term extended by two years ({{commentsTotal}})

At today's stiiting, the National Defence Committee of the Estonian Parliament supported by consensus the appointment to office of Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Lieutenant General Riho Terras for further two years.

In the opinion of Chairman of the National Defence Committee Marko Mihkelson, it is very important in the present security situation that no changes are made in the leadership of the Defence Forces and the Commander continues in his office. "Considering also the recommendations given to it, the Committee supported Terras by consensus," Mihkelson said.

The Committee proceeded from the proposal of defense minister Hannes Hanso. Accoring to Hanso, Terras has been one of the leaders of the preparation of the National Defence Development Plan currently in force, and is also responsible for preparing of the next development plan.

Terras has developed the armoured manoeuvre capability and anti-tank capability of the Defence Forces. As the defense chief, he was in charge of the preparation and conducting of the large-scale military exercise "Siil" ("Hedgehog"), which involved 14,000 participants, Hanso said, also listing international communication and cooperation with the allies as the strengths of Terras.

According to the Military Service Act, the Government, on the proposal of the Minister of Defence and taking account of the position of the National Defence Committee, has the authority to appoint an active serviceman who is serving in the post of the Commander of the Defence Force to the post of the Commander of the Defence Forces for further two years after his or her five-year term of office has expired. Terras's five-year term of office will expire in December 2016.

Editor: M. Oll

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