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NATO special envoy and Bacho Akhalaya discussed prospects of Georgia’s joining the Alliance2009-10-08 17:16
Robert Simmons, the special representative of NATO Secretary General to South Caucasus and Central Asia today held a meeting with Bacho Akhalaya, the Georgian Minister of Defense.gt-en-newsitem-inside
After the meeting Simmons said the Alliance supported Georgia's aspirations for NATO integration, but the country had to comply with the obligations first.
Akhalaya mentioned they discussed relations between Georgia and NATO, Georgia's participation in the Alliance's peacemaking operations, implementation of the points of cooperation with the bloc.
The envoy arrived in Georgia this morning, his visit will last for 3 days, he will meet with representatives of the government, parliamentary and non-parliamentary opposition, public figures.
Previously Georgia Times reported that Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General said that Tagliavini's report wouldn't anyhow affect the decisions NATO had already made, reiterated that in the future Ukraine and Georgia would be granted NATO membership, as it was decided at the Bucharest summit in 2008. He also called on all the parties of the conflict in South Caucasus to be reserved and abastain from any steps able to increase tension in the region.