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NATO chief: Ukraine, Georgia to get "unambiguous," "positive" answer in Bucharest
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09:10, April 03, 2008

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Ukraine and Georgia will get an unambiguous and positive answer at the NATO Summit in Bucharest with respect to their request for a Membership Action Plan (MAP), NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said here Wednesday.

The Alliance's door will stay open for them no matter what decision is made in these days, said Scheffer in an address to the Transatlantic Forum on the sidelines of the Alliance Summit.

The NATO chief said the decision regarding Georgia's and Ukraine's wish to get the MAP will be made after discussions by the 26 Alliance leaders at a working dinner Wednesday evening and after Thursday's debates in the North Atlantic Council.

The enlargement will not be closed after the Bucharest summit, and the door will be open to Ukraine and Georgia on the condition that they meet the required criteria, Scheffer said.

Nine heads of state and government present in Romania for the NATO Summit, are taking part in the Transatlantic Forum organized on April 1-3 in Bucharest by the German Marshall Fund (GMF).

Panel discussions are to focus on the "Balkans after Kosovo," "Arms and gas: NATO's role in Eastern Europe," "Ukraine and NATO," among others.

The GMF has staged the Transatlantic Forum during all the NATO summits in the past years, with the aim of promoting democracy, cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe.

The GMF is based in Washington and has European offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Bucharest, Ankara, Belgrade and Bratislava.


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