NATO Secretary General reconfirms membership promises to Ukraine and Georgia

NATO Secretary General reconfirms membership promises to Ukraine and Georgia
# 03 December 2008 09:07 (UTC +04:00)
Brussels. Alexander Kin –APA. NATO decided to develop cooperation with Ukraine and Georgia outside the Membership Action Plan (MAP), NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told journalists, APA correspondent reports from Brussels. He said the foreign ministers reconfirmed that Georgia and Ukraine would eventually become members of NATO and agreed to "maximize, to strengthen its efforts" to ready those countries for membership. For now, preparations will pass through NATO commissions rather than through a "membership action plan," or MAP, which Germany and other European nations opposed. The ministers agreed that the MAP program would survive but decided that specifics of how and when Ukraine and Georgia will finally become members would be determined in the future.
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