Foreign Minister Urmas Paet is participating in a meeting of the NATO foreign ministers in Brussels today, 3 December, where meetings of the NATO-Ukraine and NATO-Georgia commissions also took place.
The NATO foreign ministers emphasised the decision made at the Bucharest summit and re-confirmed at the Strasbourg/Kehl summit regarding the future NATO membership of Ukraine and Georgia and encouraged Kiev and Tbilisi to continue making reforms. Foreign Minister Paet recognised Ukraine and Georgia for successfully completing the first year of the Annual National Plan (ANP) regardless of difficult economic conditions.
At the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, the foreign ministers discussed the current state of NATO-Ukraine partnership and future goals.
Foreign Minister Paet stated that the NATO foreign ministers encouraged Ukraine to intensify its reform activity and improve the implementation of the NATO Membership Action Plan. “Ukraine should use the NATO action plan and the NATO-Ukraine Commission as much as possible in order to advance its reforms on the way to joining the alliance,” Paet stressed. “Estonia will help and support Ukraine however it can to ensure Ukraine’s smooth integration into NATO,” he added. The ministers also recognised Ukraine’s contribution to NATO operations.
At the meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, the NATO foreign ministers recognised Georgia for implementing reforms and called on the nation to continue to do so.
Paet stated that the NATO foreign ministers emphasised that NATO-Georgia relations are based upon the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. “These principles and the non-recognition of the separation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia are key elements to resolving the conflicts in the South Caucasus,” stressed Paet, calling on the parties to the negotiations in Geneva to continue working to achieve a peaceful solution and fulfil their responsibilities. Paet stated that access to Abkhazia and South Ossetia for international monitors and humanitarian aid workers is essential. In addition, Foreign Minister Paet recognised Georgia for its contribution to NATO operations.
Tonight the NATO foreign ministers will discuss Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s chances for receiving NATO Membership Action Plans. Tomorrow the topic of discussion will be the future of the Afghanistan mission and NATO-Russia relations.