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Georgians carry new arguments to Brussels2010-05-06 00:04
The meeting of NATO-Georgia Commission is going to be held in Brussels today. The participants of the meeting will discuss the reforms and programs to be carried out in the field of defense by the government of the republic. Will the delegates from Tbilisi bring forth new arguments in favor of Georgia's entrance into the North-Atlantic Alliance?
The meeting in Brussels is expected to be attended by the permanent representatives from 28 member-countries of NATO Alliance. The international diplomats are going to discuss not only the reforms carried out in Georgia but also the issue of the Georgian servicemen's involvement in the peacemaking operation in Afghanistan.
The alliance stated before the meeting that NATO appreciates its cooperation with Tbilisi very much and intends to go on supporting the reformation of the Georgian defense system.
Some of the Georgian political experts believe it is the Georgian peacemakers' involvement in the counter-terrorist operation in Afghanistan that will help the republic join the North-Atlantic Alliance. For instance, Kakha Gogolashvili, an expert of the European Investigations Center of the International Strategic Fund of Georgia is sure: the membership in NATO depends not only on Georgia but on the general situation in the world and many other factors. "As to the participation of the Georgian military contingent in the mission, that is an additional booster for the Alliance countries to take a positive decision concerning the rapprochement between Georgia and the block", - Kavkaz Uzel is citing.
However, Moscow assessed the prospect of the republic's cooperation with NATO less positively. Russian Permanent Representative to the Alliance Dmitriy Rogozin stated that Brussels will use Georgia as a partner in the South Caucasus; still, the country is not going to obtain membership in the alliance in the nearest future. "The problem lies with NATO's by-laws, - Rogozin underlined. - A country with the undefined boundaries and a constant war made at its frontiers cannot enjoy the right to become a candidate for NATO membership".
The delegate added that Georgia cannot become a NATO member so long as NATO will either have to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent territories and thus separate these territories from Georgia, or accept Georgia with its old frontiers marked by Stalin, that is, together with South Ossetia and Abkhazia.