Tamar Chugoshvili: It is acceptable to join NATO with the whole territory, speculation on this issue does not serve country's interests
Tamar Chugoshvili: It is acceptable to join NATO with the whole territory, speculation on this issue does not serve country's interests

The discussion at yesterday’s conference does not mean a change in NATO policy towards Georgia or a change in Georgia’s policy towards NATO, – stated the First Vice-Speaker of the Georgian parliament Tamar Chugoshvili today.

As Chugoshvili noted, officials did not participate in the discussion held yesterday, but the people who had serious knowledge and experience in this field.

“Participants considered various opportunities from the supportive standpoint on how Georgia could be closer to NATO membership and how it can become realistic when 20 percent of our territory is occupied, when Georgia is under constant pressure due this occupation. It was discussion over this issue and there is no cause for such concern”, – Tamar Chugoshvili said.

According to Vice-Speaker, yesterday’s discussion in no way means a change in NATO policy towards Georgia or a change in Georgia’s policy towards NATO.

“Georgia’s policy aims at becoming the member of NATO within internationally recognized frameworks, with its territory entirely after overcoming some obstacles and NATO’s desire is exactly this as well. Overcoming these obstacles is an issue of global politics.

It is acceptable for us that Georgia to join NATO with the whole its territory, speculation on this issue is unnecessary and does not serve the interests of the country”, – Tamar Chugoshvili added.

As the former Secretary-General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a fifth international conference organized by the McCain Institute and the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) in Tbilisi yesterday, Georgia and NATO should consider whether Georgia wants to join NATO with the mechanism when Article 5 covers only territory controlled by Georgian Government.

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