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NATO foreign ministers discussed Syria, Georgia and Afghanistan

05 December 2012 News

“We support the national coalition of Syrian opposition forces, as an important step to ending the bloodshed in Syria and achieving a political solution to the crisis. We encourage the efforts towards a unified political platform for all communities in Syria, regardless of ethnic, religious or any other affiliation, leading to the development of a future Syria as a democratic secular state,” Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov said during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

The discussion covered the deteriorating security situation in the region of Syria, the worsening humanitarian situation and the impact also on the security of NATO ally Turkey.

The Council’s work continued today with a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, at which the ministers reviewed the foreign policy priorities of the new Georgian government and its declared readiness to continue on the path of democratic reforms and Euro-Atlantic integration. The Alliance confirmed that NATO’s door remains open for Georgia and it encouraged the continuation of the course of reforms.

The final meeting was dedicated to the NATO operation in Afghanistan (ISAF), with a focus on progress in the process of stabilisation of the country, the time frame of the transition, the development of effective mechanisms for financing of the Afghanistan Security Force (ASF) after 2014, as well as the future mission of NATO and partner countries in providing training.

Minister Mladenov met with his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki, with whom he discussed bilateral issues.

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