About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 10:55 - 1 May.'18
NATO Chief, Parliamentary Speaker Discuss Reforms
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 10 Nov.'11 / 09:42

Meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and members of the Georgian Parliament, November 10. Photo: NATO

Parliamentary elections next year "will be an important indicator of how strong Georgia's democratic institutions are," NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said after meeting with Parliamentary Chairman, Davit Bakradze, on Thursday morning.

"Parliament is a keystone of democracy and democracy is a keystone of Georgia's future," he said, adding that domestic democratic reforms were discussed during a meeting with the Georgian parliamentary speaker.

"Georgia is already a strong partner [of NATO] and I look forward to the day when you will be a strong member of our Alliance," Rasmussen said. He also said that membership would require work and reforms and NATO was committed to help Georgia in this regard.

Parliamentary Chairman, Davit Bakradze, said that it was possible to "boldly state", that Georgia was now "closer to NATO than ever before." Rasmussen said during his first day of visit on November 9, that although much work remained ahead, Georgia "has come a lot closer to NATO" since the 2008 Bucharest summit.

"NATO-Georgia partnership is a success story," Bakradze said.

He said that Georgia had all the mechanisms required for further deepening of partnership, including Annual National Programme, a set of reform targets reviewed by the NATO annually, as well as NATO-Georgia Commission, a body supervising cooperation.

"And there is a commitment of the Bucharest summit, when NATO has unambiguously stated that Georgia will become the NATO member," Bakradze said. "All these three elements create conditions through which Georgia will definitely become the NATO member state."

"We hope that [NATO] summit in Chicago will be one more opportunity to note progress in NATO-Georgia relations; we hope that one more step will be made at the Chicago summit that will bring Georgia closer to NATO," Bakradze said.

"But we also understand that it is not a one-way street and we understand how much Georgia has to do... Continuation of domestic reforms and consolidation of democracy, deepening of economic reforms - together with the mechanisms mentioned above, all these make prerequisites for making Georgia's NATO integration a success story," he added.

Latest News
01 May.'18 10:55
We Have Moved to a New Platform
Direct Your Bookmarks to https://civil.ge.
29 Apr.'18 03:54
Ruling Party Candidate Wins MP By-Elections
Givi Chichinadze will represent Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency in the Parliament of Georgia.
28 Apr.'18 09:40
Polls Open for Vani and Khoni MP By-Elections
48,123 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in Vani and Khoni single-mandate constituency.
27 Apr.'18 17:23
State Dept’s Europe Affairs Point Man to Visit Tbilisi
Wess Mitchell will meet senior government officials and address the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum.
27 Apr.'18 13:45
In Quotes: Georgian Politicians on Ex-PM Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Comeback
Bidzina Ivanishvili will be approved as the Georgian Dream party chairman at the upcoming convention.
26 Apr.'18 18:15
SG Jens Stoltenberg: Georgia NATO’s ‘Very Close’ Partner
The NATO Secretary General says Foreign Ministers meeting tomorrow will recognize the country’s progress.
26 Apr.'18 14:24
Ex-PM Ivanishvili to Chair Georgian Dream Party
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Ivanishvili was ‘best equipped’ to add new dynamism to the party.
26 Apr.'18 11:12
Lawmaker Proposes Criminal Liability for ‘Insult of Religious Feelings’
The parliamentary human rights committee decided to set up a working group for scrutinizing the draft law.
25 Apr.'18 17:21
New Abkhaz Government Head Appointed
Gennady Gagulia has served as the Abkhaz “prime minister” twice - in 1995-1997, and 2002-2003.
25 Apr.'18 14:43
Watchdog Improves Georgia’s Press Freedom Ranking
None of the countries of the former Soviet Union (except the Baltics) are ranked ahead of Georgia.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2021, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.