Georgia needs NATO to provide own security - Michael Saakashvili

Georgia Materials 29 November 2008 00:37 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, 28 November/ Trend corr. N.Kirtshalia/ Georgia wants to join NATO to provide own security, not to get Abkhazia and South Ossetia back, Georgian President Michel Saakashvili told at the session of temporary parliament commission for August events.

"Our goal is to provide own security. We have no other choice. NATO is our path to security", he said.

"We want to be part of European security system, and not only to get advantages of it, but also contribute into this system," Saakashvili mentioned.

As to outlook for joining the alliance, Georgian President emphasized, that "he is optimistic about this issue". "Receiving of MAP is not out objective", he said replying to question, that NATO was not going to provide this program to Georgia in December.

"Our goal is to join NATO. We rush for this. And it does not matter how it will happen", Saakashvili noted.