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NATO Foreign Ministers Confirmed Support for Ukraine and Georgia

05.03.2009

At today's sessions of the NATO-Ukraine and NATO-Georgia Commission, the NATO foreign ministers exchanged ideas on NATO's relations with Georgia and Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the Annual National Plan (ANP) is an effective method for preparing a nation to join the alliance, as it creates a strong basis for integration with Euro-Atlantic structures. "Estonia is prepared to give advice to Georgia and Ukraine and to share its experiences in the ANP process," Paet added.

The foreign ministers of the alliance expressed their support for the territorial integrity of Georgia and emphasised the importance of an international presence in the Caucasus. "The extension of international monitoring missions and the access of international monitors and humanitarian aid to occupied territories is extremely important-we must continue our efforts in this area," emphasised Paet.

The NATO foreign minister called upon Russia to fulfil the promises it made for resolving the Georgia conflict. Paet said that the NATO foreign ministers expressed concern over Russia's decision to recognise Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent and its decision to establish a military base in Abkhazia.

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