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NATO didn’t grant MAP for Ukraine and Georgia2008-12-03 11:00
26 NATO member countries Foreign Ministers didn't agree on Georgia and Ukraine joining MAP (Membership Action Plan), said Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO General Secretary, RIA-Novosti informs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
After the first day's meeting of the Ministers the General Secretary said that the decision on MAP was sidestepped.
He also mentioned that both countries had shown progress, but they both had to make considerable efforts to meet NATO requirements.
At the April summit in Bucharest, NATO leaders requested an NATO member countries Foreign Ministers estimation of Georgia's and Ukraine's readiness for MAP.
Scheffer underlined, that MAP wasn't dropped for both countries. "There was no decision taken on MAP by the foreign ministers. But you cannot say that MAP has evaporated." he mentioned.
"All elements of the decisions regarding Ukraine and Georgia taken by the NATO heads of state and government in Bucharest still stand. And that includes very much that one day they will be members, if they so wish, of course, and when they meet NATO standards," Scheffer said. He noticed that Foreign Ministers of NATO member countries decided to activate assistance to both countries.
"Work must continue in the frameworks of the two commissions --the NATO-Ukraine Commission and the NATO-Georgia Commission...Without prejudice to any further decisions on MAP, they will develop, with our assistance, so-called annual national programs to help them advance their reforms", - the Secretary General noticed.