Updated: 28-Nov-2005 Video Interviews


28 Nov. 2005


NATO membership on Georgia's mind

Video interview with Zurab Noghaideli, Prime Minister of Georgia

The Prime Minister of Georgia talks about his country's ambitious goal of NATO membership, the main successes of the NATO-Georgia partnership to date, and the areas that need further improving. He also describes Georgia's peace proposals for South Ossetia, and talks about his country's relations with Russia.



Your president has publicly stated that he hopes Georgia will achieve NATO membership by 2009. What steps is Georgia taking to achieve this ambitious goal?

You are also Chairman of the State Commission tasked with implementing Georgia’s Individual Partnership Action Plan with NATO. What are the main successes, and what are the areas you see that need improvement? .wmv/750Kb

One of the reasons you have come to NATO today is to discuss the Georgian peace proposals for South Ossetia. Can you give us a sense of what the main elements of this plan are?


Georgia and Russia have an oftentimes tumultuous relationship. How do you assess the current state of Georgian-Russian relations, and what do you think that the future holds for your country’s relationship with Russia?


What are the main benefits that Georgia hopes to get from its partnership with NATO, and what does Georgia offer to contribute in return?

Transcript - Audio version: .MP3/3076Kb