First round of a project “Debates for Internally Displaced People” was held about resolution: “Georgian government should keep aspiring for integration in NATO”.
First training of a project “Debates for Internally Displaced Persons” took place in Vova Vekua Public School №3. The project is supported by Minister of Education and Culture of A/R Abkhazia. Secondary school students received information about YATA’s work, a history of NATO, its development and missions. Other important topics were development of NATO-Georgia relationship and future perspectives. Students also got the information about the art of reframing political debates as well.
YATA-Georgia has organized discussion at NATO Liaison Office on October 1st 2014. The main topic of discussion was: “Wales Summit Outcomes”. The speakers were:
- Mr. William Lahue – Head of NATO Liaison Office in Georgia;
- Mr. Alex Petriashvili – State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
- Mr. Irakli Mchedlishvili- member of the Civil Council on Defense and Security.
Each of the speakers was given 15-20 minutes to make their speeches. They spoke about the main points that were discussed on Wales summit:
- Topic about NATO partnership: the point that NATO is keen on making new contacts and increasing the partnership level for Georgia and other post-soviet countries.
- The importance of NATO package given to Georgia as a new member of NRF
- Topic about Afghanistan: The contribution of Georgian soldiers to NATO in Afghanistan
- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
- Overview of Georgia’s position in NATO and future plans
Speakers summarized Wales Summit outcomes and emphasized that Georgia has an obvious potential to become a member of NATO. It was mentioned a crucial fact about Georgia being an only country out of aspirant countries which received a substantive package with the information that Georgia became a part of NRF(NATO Response Force). As Mr. Petriashvili said Georgia is considered at the same level as Sweden and Australia. He thanked to our soldiers who are the best representatives in Afghanistan, best representatives for the country’s international image.
One of the main topics of the discussion also was Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. NATO will have to make fast actions if Russia keeps invading other country’s territories like it happened in Georgia and Ukraine. As Mr. Lahue mentioned NATO will refocus on defense, on the vulnerabilities of one of the most important partners such as Georgia and Finland.
The discussion has been attended by students from various universities. They also had an opportunity to ask the speakers interesting questions and get exhaustive responds from them.
YATA Georgia is also planning to organize similar discussions and other events in the immediate future.