NATO is interested in the resolution of conflicts in the South Caucasus region, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons said at the discussions held with the Azerbaijani, Georgian and Armenian public members at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
“NATO is interested in resolving regional conflicts and supports political negotiations held in this direction. The alliance’s Lisbon summit fixed that the conflicts in South Caucasus should be resolved in the framework of the territorial integrity of states,” Simmons said.
Brussels hosted the discussions between NATO and the Azerbaijani, Georgian and Armenian public members over the conflicts in South Caucasus. The discussions were held in the framework of the NATO – South Caucasus cooperation in the field of public diplomacy.
The event mulled the results of the Lisbon summit, NATO’s policy in the South Caucasus, South Caucasus countries’ integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures, current status and future prospects of the NATO-Russia relations, NATO-led operations in Afghanistan and prospects of the alliance’s cooperation with this country.
Simmons said NATO keeps the doors open for new members, including Azerbaijan, but NATO’s expansion requires not only the Alliance’s activities, but also certain steps by new potential members in this direction and mutual co-operation.
Noting that the South Ossetia and Abkhazia are under the control of Russian military forces, Aslanbeyli said Georgia’s admission to NATO is directly related to the settlement of these conflicts, and in general, the Euro-Atlantic integration of the region will positively impact the settlement of the conflicts in South Caucasus.