Appathurai: Georgian army must meet NATO standards
According to Special Representative of the Secretary General of NATO for Central Asia and Transcaucasia James Appathurai, the issue of Georgia's accession to NATO depends on the reforms taking place in this country, as well as Georgian army meeting the standards of the Organization. As reported by the GHN referring to RIA Novosti, Appathurai made such statement on the eve of his visit to this South Caucasus country.
"Georgian government is intensively working on accession into NATO in accordance with the Bucharest Agreement. In the case of Georgia - this is the issue of reforms and compliance to NATO standards. It concerns the practical measures, as well as policies and standards, which Georgia will meet, and which will be a signal of how well they would implement the reforms. After a few days we'll discuss their reforms in Georgia. This includes democratic reforms, and also confirms that their position on NATO has not changed", said Appathurai.
According to the chairman of Georgian Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Policy Akaki Minashvili, the visit of Special Representative of NATO Secretary General for Caucasus and Central Asia to Georgia is a very important event. According to Minashvili, the relationship between NATO and Sakartvelo are developing rapidly.
"The promise, which Georgia got at the summit in Bucharest, remains in force. This underlines the success of Georgia's reforms and it is very important for national security. The visit of James Appathurai confirms that relations between Georgia and NATO are developing intensively", said Minashvili.
Recall, James Appathurai's visit to Tbilisi is scheduled for October 27.