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A number of Georgian NGOs are against NATO maneuvers2009-04-28 17:37
Several Georgian NGOs campaign against holding NATO maneuvers in the country in May and against the further way to integration into the Alliance.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Among them are the Society of Erecle II; the Center of People's Diplomacy, Relations with Mass Media and Society; the Center of Georgian-Russian Friendship, Novosti-Gruzia informs.
"We believe that holding NATO exercise in the territory of Georgia, with the political, economic and social crisis on the background, is totally unreasonable", their statement, spread today, claims.
"Considering the opinion of a significant part of the population in Georgia we campaign strongly against involving the country into a gambling called "integration into NATO" and utter our resolute protest against holding NATO exercises in May 2009 in the territory of Georgia as it is one more challenge to Russia from the side of NATO and cynical and irresponsible manifestation of force pressure on this country", the document claims.
"Acceptance of the proposal on holding NATO maneuvers by the authorities of Georgia, with the August 2008 events on the background, means absolutely irresponsible attitude to their country and conscientious or unconscious provoking of the events causing destabilization in the entire region (our position is definitely underlined by the renounce of Baltic states and Kazakhstan to participate in the planned NATO events)".
The organizations, which signed the document, consider NATO membership of the country unreasonable.
"Membership in the military political alliance of NATO is a direct challenge to the neighbour - Russia, it creates threat to the national security and opposes us radically to it, and as a result it will lead to catastrophic consequences for Georgia. The indubitable confirmation to it are the tragic events of August 2008."
The authors also notice that ‘membership in NATO means passing a considerable part of Georgia's sovereignty to the Alliance, which fundamentally contradicts the centuries-old dream of Georgian people of political and military independence; contradicts the political will of the autonomous republics of Georgia : Abkhazia and South Ossetia".