Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regarding the decisions of the NATO Foreign Ministers on the Open Door Policy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia welcomes the decisions made by the NATO Foreign Ministers on 1 and 2 December with respect to the Open Door Policy.

Georgia congratulates Montenegro on being invited to join the Alliance. By this decision, the Allies once again reaffirm their commitment to the Open Door Policy which, over the past decades, has considerably contributed to the security and democratic development of Europe.

Georgia welcomes the decisions made with respect to the country considering them to be an important step taken on its path towards Euro-Atlantic integration.

In the document adopted as part of the Ministerial meeting, the Members of the Alliance reaffirmed their commitment to the Bucharest Summit decision that Georgia will become a member of NATO.

It is noteworthy that the Allies for the first time declared openly that Georgia’s relationship with the Alliance contains all the practical tools to prepare for eventual membership. As for the Membership Action Plan (MAP), it becomes an integral part of the political decision to invite Georgia to join NATO.

The NATO Member States positively appraised the ongoing process of implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, which aims to strengthen Georgia’s defence capabilities and, thereby, helps Georgia advance in its preparations for membership in the Alliance. It is also worth noting that for the Warsaw summit, new, practical ways will be explored to intensify efforts for the implementation of the Package, including through high-level political dialogue and increased co-operation, including in defence and strategic communications.

The Members of the Alliance highly appreciated Georgia’s contributions to the NATO-led operations and NATO Response Force and recognized the sacrifices and contributions the Georgian people have made to shared security.

It is also an important fact that the North-Atlantic Alliance positively appraised the ongoing reform process in Georgia, including Georgia’s efforts to strengthen its democracy, to reform the judiciary and security services, and to modernise its military forces and defence institutions.

It needs to be emphasised that NATO reiterated its support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders; called on Russia to reciprocate Georgia’s commitment not to use force and to reverse its recognition of the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia as independent states and to withdraw its forces from Georgia. Moreover, NATO does not recognize the so-called treaties signed between Russia and the Georgian regions and maintains that they violate Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and blatantly contradict the principles of international law, OSCE principles and Russia’s international commitments.

Georgia reaffirms its commitment to continue the process of reforms and modernization to achieve membership of NATO – the firm choice of the Georgian people.