Rasmussen mentions Georgia in annual report
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has delivered his annual report, in which the past year was summed up and the plans for the future inveiled. Georgia was also mentioned by the Secretary General at the presentation held in Brussels. The report says that the Alliance continues cooperation with partner countries, Georgia among them.
`Particularly close relationships are maintained with the four partner countries that aspire to NATO membership – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia1, and Georgia. In 2013, good progress was made in implementing the reforms necessary to meet the Alliance`s standards, even if further progress is required for these countries to achieve their membership aspirations. Specific areas of work include: registering immovable defence properties as state property in Bosnia and Herzegovina; bringing security agencies up to NATO standards and addressing corruption in Montenegro; and continuing progress toward civilian and military reform goals as set out in the Annual National Programme in Georgia,` Rasmussen said `As part of these efforts, NATO is fostering partner participation in the NATO Response Force (NRF), NATO`s rapid-reaction force. In 2013, Sweden joined the NRF alongside Finland and Ukraine, while Georgia pledged to make forces available to the NRF in 2015. In the autumn, four partners participated in the Alliance`s largest exercise of the last seven years, Steadfast Jazz, which served to certify the NRF rotation for 2014`.