Rosaria Puglisi – With regard to the joining NATO, we imply whole Georgia, including Abkhazia and South Ossetia
“NATO does not consider a temporary suspension of Article 5 over the de facto occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia,”- this comment was made by the Head of NATO Liaison Office Rosaria Puglisi, at Georgia Defense and Security Conference (GDSC) in Batumi.
“Georgia is a sovereign country and has the right to choose how to set up its own security. These principles are included in the Helsinki Accords. The document was signed by Russia.
We, who represent NATO, believe that any country has the right to decide which “club” to belong to and which to avoid. This, of course, also applies to Georgia. If we look at the latest documents and statements of NATO, we see that The Membership Action Plan (MAP) is part of the integration process.
NATO and Georgia have been working on this for many years. We are doing a lot to strengthen Georgia’s security and Defense Forces. Hence, I think we will achieve success,”- Rosaria Puglisi said.
As Rosaria Puglisi stated the main challenge for Georgia’s security is the placement of Russian soldiers on the territory of the country.
“The fact that Georgia’s two regions remains controlled and occupied by foreign forces and that the process of “borderization’ has a huge impact on the well-being of the people living at or near the Administrative Boundary Lines. This is a very serious security challenge for Georgia.
On the other hand, Georgia does a lot. First of all, everyone understands that this situation should be resolved solely on the basis of international law, through dialogue, and diplomatically.
Georgia has worked hard for this, to implement a strategy to support Georgian citizens living on the other side of the Administrative Boundary Lines. Everyone supports what Georgia is doing for a better future.At the same time, NATO is helping Georgia to become stronger,”- the Head of NATO Liaison Office Rosaria Puglisi stated.
The Head of NATO Liaison Office added that a very interesting discussion is being held at Georgia Defense and Security Conference (GDSC) in Batumi.
“It is certainly fair for the Georgian civil society to think about how to speed up the process of joining the alliance.
I would like to point out that NATO does not consider a temporary suspension of Article 5 over the de facto occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
We respect and appreciate Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. With regard to the joining NATO, we imply whole Georgia, including Abkhazia and South Ossetia,“- Rosaria Puglisi said at the GDSC in Batumi.