As the sound of mutual back slapping echoed around the Lisbon conference centre, Georgia’s president said he was particularly pleased to receive NATO’s support over his country’s row with Russia over Georgia’s breakaway regions.
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said: “Nato has always reaffirmed the support for Georgia’s territorial integrity. NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly has just adopted a resolution speaking of ethnic cleansing committed in Georgia, obviously with Russian participation, about occupation, an
unambiguous term, of Georgian regions, which is obviously an illegitimate act towards international law.”
Poland’s Defence Minister Bogdan Klich also said he was happy with the outcome and looking forward to working closely with Russia.
“We are satisfied that the new strategical concept expresses the necessity to cooperate with Russia, particulary on Afghanistan, on piracy, on terrorism, on proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, etc,” he said.
Our correspondent in Lisbon, Jose Miguel Sardo, said: “Even if the Secretary General used a rhetorical device by saying NATO is a nuclear alliance that wants a world without nuclear weapons, he nonetheless succeeded in managing to obtain a consensus.”