Prospects for Georgia-NATO cooperation discussed with Poland
Georgia, Tbilisi, April 26 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Chicago Summit 2012 presents a significant opportunity for the revision of mechanisms linking Georgia and the alliance to further progress towards integration of Georgia into NATO, Georgian Security Council Secretary Giga Bokeria and head of the National Security Bureau of Poland Stanislaw Koziej said following the meeting in Tbilisi on Thursday.
During the meeting the sides stressed that the alliance should remain open for enlargement and partnerships to respond to modern challenges of a global nature and deal with threats. They also stressed that Georgia's participation in NATO operations contributes to the deepening of relations between Georgia and NATO.
During the meeting the sides discussed issues related to international security and Georgian-Polish cooperation.
Particular attention was paid to the deepening of European integration of Georgia, including cooperation with the EU within the framework of a unified security and defence policy. Both sides expressed hope for the successful conclusion of negotiations between Georgia and the EU on association and noted the need for further negotiations on liberalization of visa regime.
The sides agreed that Georgia's European perspective should be associated with the implementation of mandatory reforms with achieved progress.
The parties noted that the restoration of territorial integrity of Georgia must take place peacefully, respecting international law, which coincides with the position of the EU. The parties stressed the need to monitor the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August-September 2008 with the participation of the EU and noted that a breach of this agreement contributes to instability in the region.
Stressing the positive role of the EU monitoring mission, the parties expressed their regret at the non-admission of the mission to the occupied territories. They also discussed the possibility of further EU involvement in the resolution of the existing Georgian crisis.
The parties stated that they support the continuation of cooperation between Georgia and Poland in the military and defence sector.
The parties also exchanged information with regard to matters of strategic and defence planning and assessed this area as an important direction for future cooperation.
Due to the energy security the sides stressed Georgia's readiness and its role in the development of strategically important European projects and expressed a positive attitude towards the development of cooperation between Georgia and Poland.