FRIED: NATO EXPRESSED ATTITUDE TO "FROZEN CONFLICTS" FOR FIRST TIME

PanARMENIAN.Net
30.11.2006 16:34 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ US Assistant Secretary of State for European
Affairs Daniel Fried said that the Communique on the outcomes of
the NATO Summit in Riga for the first time reflects the Alliance
attitude to "frozen conflicts" in the territory of the former Soviet
Union. As Fried told journalists, "the Communique language includes
a phrase supporting territorial integrity of South Caucasian states
and Moldova." In his words, the NATO states this for the first time
and it is an important signal for these countries."

When commenting on President Bush statement in Riga in support of
Georgia's bid for NATO accession, Fried underscored that the President
first of all meant that the doors of the Alliance should be open to all
those wishing. "The President insisted that Georgia should be given
a change to do what it has to do," the diplomat said, noting that
"Georgia has to do everything to be ready to NATO membership." "It
is not so much strengthening democratic institutions and economy,
but peaceful settlement of territorial disputes inside Georgia,"
he noted, reports Prime News.