Foreign Ministers discuss Georgia’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration

  • 03 Dec. 2009 -
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  • Last updated: 03 Dec. 2009 19:30

The NATO-Georgia Commission (NGC) met today to discuss the course of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration and process of reform. During the meeting, Allies reaffirmed their continued support for Georgia’s membership aspirations.

Left to right: Grigol Vashadze (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia) and NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

“Our partnership with Georgia reached a different level following the Bucharest Summit decision that Georgia will become a member of NATO,” the Secretary General said.

Allies commended Georgia for the start of the implementation of its Annual National Programme (ANP) and reiterated their commitment to continue strengthening dialogue and practical cooperation with Georgia at all levels.

“NATO has been lending a helping hand, but it is the Georgians who ultimately have to deliver,” said the Secretary General. “It is very encouraging to see that hard work and considerable effort on the part of Georgian authorities is paying off.”

NATO ministers welcomed the progress Georgia showed in a number of reform areas. They also congratulated Georgia for its role as a security provider and expressed appreciation for the country’s decision to make a substantial contribution to ISAF. At the same time, they noted that much work remains to be done and that both the Georgian Government and opposition forces must demonstrate political will in implementing democratic reforms.

The NATO-Georgia Commission ministers reaffirmed their strong support for Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity as recognised by international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions.