NATO Representative to weigh Georgian democracy on scales
07 April, 2011
NATO Representative to weigh Georgian democracy on scales

James Appathurai set to call in Georgia with official visit on 7 April
James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Asia and South Caucasus, is arriving in Georgia on 7 April on an official visit. He will meet State Minister of European and Euroatlantic Integration, Foreign and Defense Ministers and Secretary of Security Council.

This was confirmed by Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze at a traditional briefing in the Foreign Ministry. Apart from official meetings with Georgian Government representatives, Appathurai

is going to see the opposition leaders.
Experts do not attach importance to the visit of a high ranking NATO official and to the possible new developments resulting from it. It turns out the visit actually represents a kind of monitoring to check progress in the implementation of agreements and commitments which Georgia has undertaken.
As for James Appathurai himself, he is an active figure in NATO. During his work as the NATO spokesperson, NATO talked to the world journalists through him.

The people who happened to attend the appearances of Appathurai, agree that he used to take active standing on all instances of airing NATO decisions. This confirms that he has solid competence and diplomatic energy.
In the view of the events unfolding in the Middle East, in which NATO is actively involved, the alliance will have to meet with Government representatives as well as political opposition. Current processes in the world indicate that activeness of opposition is a serious factor to count with in the efforts of building the future of the country.
“If the high ranking NATO representative meets with the opposition, no doubt it will be the aftermath of the Arabian events. If he does not, it will mean that NATO is entrapped in old stereotypes,” –Georgian experts claim.
Irakli Sesiashvili, an expert of security issues, believes that despite the fact that Georgian-NATO relations rotate around the process of Georgian integration into the NATO, it is necessary for the NATO to don the role of supervisor as long as it is interested in the democratic processes in Georgia. According to him, if Appathurai meets with the opposition, he would be able to hear the alternative views about the Georgian democracy.

 

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