Declaration of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:02

Within the framework of its spring session from 26 to 30 May 2017, NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly passed a Declaration in support of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration, which contains highly important political messages. 
The NATO PA Declaration reaffirms the importance of the Alliance’s Open Door Policy and the progress Georgia has made as an aspirant nation on its integration path.
The Declaration emphasizes the Assembly’s firm commitment to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration and the fact that Georgia’s relationship with the Alliance contains all the practical tools to prepare for eventual membership,
The declaration therefore urges the member governments and parliaments of the North Atlantic Alliance to advance further the political dimension of Georgia’s NATO integration in order to create the conditions to grant the Membership Action Plan to Georgia in the future.
The Document deals in detail with all important aspects of NATO-Georgia practical co-operation urging the member governments to continue strengthening Georgia’s defence capabilities, including by helping Georgia enhance its ability to tackle hybrid threats.
The Document declares unequivocally that Georgia makes a significant contribution to the common Euro-Atlantic security.
The Assembly Reaffirms its strong support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia condemning the continuous illegal occupation of the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions of Georgia, steps taken towards the de facto annexation of these regions by Russia and other illegal activities.
The Assembly calls upon the Russian Federation to reverse the recognition of Georgia’s occupied regions as independent states and withdraw its military forces from these territories.
The Declaration highly appraises Georgia’s reforms in various areas bringing the country closer to Euro-Atlantic standards.
The meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tbilisi and the Declaration adopted provide a clear proof of the increasing dynamics of NATO-Georgia relations serving the ultimate goal of speeding up the process of Georgia’s integration with NATO.

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