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Georgia Will Join NATO and Maintain Claims to South Ossetia and Abkhazia

Anders Fogh Rasmussen and

Georgia will eventually join NATO and NATO, in return, maintains its position on not recognising the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent nations. The decisions were communicated as part of a statement following a NATO delegation visit to the country.

Ambassadors on the NATO-Georgia Commission met with the Georgian Prime Minister, Nika Gilauri and President Saakashvili on Wednesday 9th November 2011. The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen led talks on military and political integration in the capital, Tbilisi.

NATO will begin to strengthen co-operation and interoperability with Georgia through support of its ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) force in Afghanistan and help for the National Defence Academy of Georgia. Assurances have also been made that NATO will continue to maintain a dialogue on the issue of territorial integrity with the Russian Federation.

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