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NATO Envoy Hailed Georgia`s Progress to Meet the Requirements of the Alliance

Published: April 7, 2011 | 12:43 pm
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April 7- NATO Secretary General`s Special Representative for Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai paid official visit to Georgia. In the frame of the visit NATO senior envoy first met with the students of the Tbilisi State University. The representatives of the Information Centre for NATO were also attending the meeting. Mr. Appathurai spoke about the NATO future strategy, its activities and cooperation with Georgia.

This is the first visit of James Appathurai after assuming the new office. Appathurai will be hosted by president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and several ministers.

After the meeting at TSU, Appathurai went to the Foreign Ministry, where a joint press conference was held after the closed meeting with Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.

James Appathurai said the NATO would not accept any compromise on the issue of Georgia`s territorial integrity and the NATO member states would never recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. As for Georgia`s integration into the alliance, Appathurai claimed the country would become the member of the NATO when it meets all requirements.

NATO senior envoy hailed Georgia`s progress and efforts to meet the requirements of the alliance, adding the issues would be discussed in the frames of the Georgia-NATO commission during the NATO ministerial in Berlin next week.

James Appathurai thanked Georgia for its participation in the ISAF mission, saying sending 1000 officers from a small country like Georgia, was a great commitment to the international peacekeeping mission.

James Appathurai also discussed Georgia-NATO relations with the state minister for Euro-Atlantic integration, Giorgi Baramidze.

`Georgia has all effective tools, which helps us prepare for the NATO membership. We achieved more than we had expected from the Bucharest summit of the Alliance – we have annual action plan and NATO-Georgia commission, which is in informal dialogues assessed as a MAP+ mechanism. We do not plan to change this mechanism of cooperation as we believe there is no need for the change,` said Giorgi Baramidze.


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