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Georgia – NATO: prospects and expectations2008-12-03 15:15
For now no specific decisions on Georgia's and Ukraine's accession to NATO are expected at NATO Ministerial in Tbilisi. Nevertheless the overwhelming majority of the government and opposition believe that integration into the Euro-Atlantic structure was and is the only right way for the country's further development.
"Even the most powerful state cannot weaken Georgia's and Ukraine's will to join NATO", - the chairman of Georgia's parliamentary commission for Eurointegration issues David Darchiashvili said to the journalists.
As for the latest statements of the alliance members on impossibility to provide Georgia and Ukraine with the NATO applicant's action plan at this stage, Darchiashvili stressed that a MAP is not the only way of integration into the alliance.
"It is most important for Georgia to join NATO and it is a purely technical issue in what way", - Georgia's parliament deputies believe.
The chairman of the parliamentary commission on external relations Lasha Zhvania notes that NATO members continue to support Georgia's and Ukraine's aspirations being loyal to the decisions of the Bucharest summit where it was settled that Georgia and Ukraine would definitely accede to the alliance. It will take some time though.
The parliamentary opposition is less optimistic thinking that there will be no answer to the question when exactly Georgia will be a NATO member at today's ministerial. At the same time the opposition deputies hope the sitters will take a number of other political decisions crucial for Georgia.
Non parliamentary opposition is more severe in its evaluations stating that with the current government Georgia will not join NATO.
According to the non parliamentary opposition leader NATO is a democratic association advocating democratic values that the Georgian government openly neglects. Moreover following the August events the prospect of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration is put back.
Independent experts are also skeptical about Georgia's membership perspectives thinking that Britain's new plan of cooperation with Georgia that was announced by the US Secretary of State is moving the country further away from the alliance. Besides the politologists and experts consider the Russian factor critical believing that the West is unlikely to dispute with Russia over Georgia.