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Georgia in search of back-ways to NATO2009-10-13 14:16
The Georgian government is eager to get to the North-Atlantic block. To achieve that purpose, it holds reforms and performs rearmament in the context of National NATO Rapprochement Program, which, judging by the Georgian officials' statements, may replace the Membership Action Plan (MAP). Is the moment that is so long wished for in Tbilisi and is so painful for Moscow already coming? GeorgiaTimes is discussing the matter with expert of the Russian Center for Political Technologies Sergey Mikheev.
The "NATO days" have completely turned the Georgians' head. Newspapers repeated the praiseful words of the guest, Special Representative of the Alliance in the Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons. The young people threw balloons toward Turkey, welcoming the neighbor who has already been "initiated" in the North-Atlantic "order". The officials assured that the desired purpose is as close as never.
Simmons checked the quality of Georgia's performance of the National NATO Rapprochement Program. In a way, this governmental project replaced the MAP, which Georgia, as well as Ukraine, was denied at the NATO summit in December 2008.
The inspector seemed to be satisfied although he did not make any definite statements. As the Georgian expert Irakliy Adalashvili said in his interview to BBC, Simmons made "an ordinary statement that NATO welcomes Ukraine and Georgia's desire to get integrated into the alliance".
"However, no one said when exactly it will happen. The issue grew even more complicated after the August war. As to the people's feelings in Georgia, they seem to be disappointed already, and nobody wants any tension, of course. On the contrary, one should settle relationship with Russia and other states in the terms of politics because another war must never be allowed", - the expert expressed the "national" point of view.
However, one cannot fail to see that the authorities totally ignore the people's opinion; they go on striving after membership in NATO, despite the fact that it would entail Russia's anger and aggravate the people's situation.
Moreover, Simmons' visit resulted in the statement of the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Georgiy Baramidze that Georgia might be admitted to the Alliance without any Membership Action Plan. According to him, "preparatory negotiations on the matter are in full swing and should such decision be taken, NATO will start considering the matter of admitting Georgia to membership without MAP".