08TBILISI567, GEORGIA REACTS POSITIVELY TO NATO SUMMIT OUTCOME

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08TBILISI567 2008-04-04 13:48 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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SUBJECT: GEORGIA REACTS POSITIVELY TO NATO SUMMIT OUTCOME 
 
 
1. Although Georgia did not receive a Membership Action (MAP) at the 
NATO summit in Bucharest, top Georgian officials have lauded the 
results as a major success, pointing to language in the April 3 
summit communique that Georgia and Ukraine "will become members of 
NATO."  In a broadcast from Bucharest, a visibly pleased President 
Saakashvili termed the document a "crossing of the Rubicon by 
Georgia," in which NATO members in support of Georgia had prevailed 
in a "life and death struggle" against the skeptics.  Saakashvili 
said that while MAP is "a pledge that if you pass through the action 
plan well, you may become a member of NATO," the communique is a 
"direct commitment by NATO that Georgia and Ukraine will become 
members of the alliance."  Saakashvili expressed certainty that 
Georgia would be a member of NATO "much sooner" than the end of his 
presidential term in five years. 
 
2. Foreign Minister David Bakradze also commented that Georgia 
received something more than MAP: a pledge that Georgia will join 
the alliance.  Bakradze said the language in the communique marked 
an "absolutely new stage in relations between us and NATO" and is 
"determinant for Georgia's future." 
 
3. Initial reaction from opposition figures and the Georgian media 
to the Bucharest summit focused on the decision not to give Georgia 
MAP, which was reported earlier than the release of the communique. 
Several opposition party leaders blamed the Georgian government for 
losing MAP due to a failure to fulfill commitments to democracy. 
Respondents to an unscientific survey conducted during the popular 
night talk show of Rustavi-2 TV on April 3 focused on other 
explanations: about 65 percent identified the Russia factor as the 
reason for NATO's refusal to grant MAP to Georgia, 33 percent 
pointed to the separatist conflicts, and only 2 percent identified 
lack of democracy as the primary obstacle.  During the day April 4, 
Georgian media began highlighting statements from U.S. officials on 
the positive language in the communique, and it is likely that the 
reaction in Georgia to the summit will shift as the importance of 
the communique sinks in. 
 
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