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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: Estonia is Firm Supporter of Georgia’s European Union and NATO Aspirations


No 419-E

During his meeting in Tallinn today with Georgian Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed that Estonia is a firm supporter of Georgia’s European Union and NATO aspirations. “Democratic elections and the proper transference of power have given Georgia a positive push towards membership in NATO and the EU,” Paet stated.

In talking more about Georgia’s aspirations to join NATO, Paet said that all the political forces in the country must together take responsibility for stable development in Georgia continuing. Paet also noted that at the beginning of December a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission will take place within the framework of the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting, during which the alliance will gives its evaluation of Georgia’s elections and the state’s ongoing dedication to Euro-Atlantic integration.

While discussing European Union-related developments, Paet noted that it is positive that Georgia’s new government has already joined in the negotiations being held with the EU. “The European Union has expressed its readiness to complete negotiations for an Association Agreement and a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with Georgia at the EU Eastern Partnership summit to be held in Vilnius in the second half of 2013,” stated Paet. “However, this does depend on Georgia’s readiness and success in carrying out reforms,” he added.

Paet also emphasised that Estonia would still like to help Georgia by sharing its own experiences in carrying out reforms on the path towards the EU and NATO. “We invite Georgia to continue utilising the opportunities offered by the Centre of Eastern Partnership in Tallinn,” said Paet.


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