NATO envoy for Caucasus arrives in Georgia

Robert Simmons, NATO’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, has arrived in Georgia to familiarize himself with the situation in the country.

The envoy told reporter that he had arrived in Georgia for cooperation with the Georgian government, and the aim of his visit was to look into the situation in the country. He said NATO supported Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and expressed hope that Russian troops would soon leave Georgia.

Within the framework of a two-day visit, Simmons will meet with the president and prime minister, as well as with the parliament speaker and heads of some ministries.

On August 19, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer announced in Brussels that the foreign ministers of 26 NATO states had made a decision to set up a new consultative agency – the NATO-Georgia Commission. It will be analogous to the NATO-Ukraine Commission. The secretary general said he would shortly send in Georgia his special representative Robert Simmons, who would inform Georgian colleagues on the offer.

[Source: Itar Tass, Tbilisi, 21Aug08]

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