Lugar to be honored in Georgia

Senator Richard Lugar (R.-Ind.) and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs Andrew C. Weber visited Georgia on Sunday to attend a ceremony honoring Lugar for contributions to disarmament.

The guests arrived in Georgia for the naming of the Central Reference Laboratory of Public Health in honor of Lugar for his contribution to the reduction of biological, chemical and nuclear threats worldwide. Lugar and Weber also planned to attend the ceremony to lay the foundation of a National Center for Disease Control of Georgia administrative building, Turkish Weekly reports.

The administrative building will hold the offices of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lugar and former Senator Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) co-authored the Nunn-Lugar Act in November 1991 to establish the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. The program allowed for funding and expertise from the U.S. to be used throughout the former Soviet Union to safeguard and dismantle stockpiles of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons along with delivery systems.

In May 2009, a facility meant to destroy approximately two million chemical weapon shells and nerve agents in Shchuchye, Russia was named the Nunn-Lugar Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in honor of Lugar and Nunn.