NATO advises Georgia not to think about membership

Georgia is better to focus on the implementation of a Package of cooperation with NATO, than upon receipt of the action Plan for membership (map). In an interview with Georgian «Public television,» said the special representative of the Secretary-General of the Alliance in countries of the South Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai , quoted by the «Georgia-online».

«Georgia is better to focus on the implementation of a Package of cooperation with NATO (adopted at the summit in Wales — Ed.) than on receipt of the action Plan for membership in NATO,» said Appathurai.

He noted that the so-called membership action plan (or MAP) «was created as a practical tool, and it should not have the political significance which attached to him now.»

«Georgia is better to focus on the implementation of the Package, so as to get a Plan of action now is not possible», — said the representative of the Secretary General.

The question of why NATO members are not willing to take a political decision, Appathurai said that some fear that membership action plan for Georgia without security safeguards will increase risks for Georgia. According to him, NATO does not allow the possibility of a recurrence of war, but «they don’t want to complicate the life of Georgia»,

We will remind, Georgia has committed itself to cooperation with the West and became a member of NATO program «Partnership for peace» in 1994. After the «rose revolution» with 2004, cooperation between Georgia and NATO became more intense.

NATO countries at the summit in Bucharest in 2008 gave a commitment that Georgia in the indefinite future will be accepted in the Alliance.

In a referendum in 2008, 77% of the Georgian population voted for joining NATO.

During the NATO summit in Wales held 4-5 September 2014, approved a package of measures that promote Georgia’s bid for membership in the Alliance. As part of a package provided by the opening in Georgia training center, which will host training for the soldiers of the Alliance and partner countries of NATO.




NATO advises Georgia not to think about membership 08.02.2016

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