President of Georgia Visits NATO
President of Georgia Visits
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili
addressed the North Atlantic Council and met for talks with NATO Secretary
General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer during a one-day visit to NATO HQ, 7 April.
NATO, Brussels, April 7, 2004.
President Saakashvili presented Georgia’s individual
partnership action plan. The plan establishes specific defence reform goals that
NATO will assist Georgia in implementing.
The NATO Secretary General and President Saakashvili also
discussed the current situation in Georgia as well as regional issues of mutual
One of the issues discussed was the withdrawal of Russian
military personnel from Georgia, in line with the 1999 Istanbul agreement on the
adaptation of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty.
Speaking to reporters following their meeting, Mr. de Hoop
Scheffer said NATO supports the full implementation of the Istanbul agreement
and hoped that negotiations between Georgia and the Russian Federation on the
withdrawal would start as soon as possible.
This was the first visit by President Saakashvili to NATO
Headquarters. He was accompanied by Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili and
Defence Minister Gela Bejuashvili.