Secretary General: NATO supports Georgian reforms

Politics Materials 11 June 2010 17:25 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, June 11 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

Georgia should focus on strengthening of security and defense, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a briefing in Brussels following a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission.

He reiterated that NATO's door remains open for Georgia. But it will have to spend a few more reforms that will allow Georgia to more quickly develop the democratic process.

At the meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, Rasmussen thanked Georgian Minister of Defence Bacho Akhalaya for the active participation of Georgian peacekeepers in the ISAF operation in Afghanistan.

"I want to thank you for the contribution of Georgia to the mission in Afghanistan. This action is significant for such a small country like Georgia. I also want to point out that NATO's decision remains in force and the alliance's door is open for Georgia. But there are reforms that Georgia must to fulfill. The Alliance will assist Georgia in every way while carrying out these reforms", NATO secretary-general told minister.

In his turn, Akhalaya said after the meeting that he was satisfied with estimates of colleagues from NATO countries. "Evaluation was approved. Our cooperation with the alliance is progressing. It gives us a reason to say that Georgia will join NATO," he said.