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Estonia supports granting Georgia a NATO Membership Action Plan

03.04.2014

Foreign minister Urmas Paet said at the NATO-Georgia Commission meeting in Brussels, that Estonia supports granting Georgia a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). According to Paet, Georgia's cooperation with NATO has continually strengthened. "Georgia's attitude towards regional and global security is an example of how a relatively small country can support the international community," he said.

Georgia has participated in the NATO-led ISAF operation in Afghanistan since 2004 and Georgia is the largest contributor to the mission outside of the Alliance's own member states. Georgia is also prepared to contribute to Afghanistan's security after the end of the ISAF mission in December of 2014 and will participate with its military units in the NATO Response Force in 2015 and 2016.
"The Georgian government's willingness and ability to carry out essential reforms in society has brought the country closer to NATO. Estonia supports the further strengthening of NATO-Georgia relations. I hope therefore, that NATO and Georgia will sign a NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP) in the coming months," Paet emphasized.

MAP is a broad-based individual cooperation program which NATO offers to countries on their way to joining the Alliance. At the 2008 Bucharest Summit, the heads of state and government of Allied countries supported the prospect of future membership for Ukraine and Georgia.
The NATO-Georgia Commission was established in 2008 in order to strengthen the political bond between the Alliance and Georgia, as well as to develop practical cooperation.

Additional information:
Marko Koplimaa
Permanent representation of Estonia to NATO
+ 32 472 95 05 10


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