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Statement by Georgian President E. Shevarnadze at the EAPC Summit Meeting, Prague, 22 November 2002.
Georgia´s Application for joining NATO
Anyone who has spent at least a week in Georgia knows well that by virtue of the
dynamic development of the civil society, practically every problem of serious
concern becomes here a subject of heated public debate. Yet, I can also assure you
that perhaps the only issue in the recent years against which no reasonable argument
has ever been suggested is the Georgian public's perspective on the future of the
country's national security which is widely seen in the context of the country's
membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. I am happy that at the Summit of the
Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council I can declare that Georgia is determined to be a
full member of NATO and is resolved to work hard to prepare for this historic
For a country like Georgia this is not a short road, yet not as long as
it seemed only