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11/01/08

Iran against Georgia accession to NATO

Press TV - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has expressed the Islamic Republic's opposition to the accession of Georgia to NATO.

"We believe that NATO involvement would lead the region to militarization and create undesirable interference," the minister said, speaking at a press conference in Istanbul on Friday.

Mottaki's remark came after US President George W. Bush supported Georgian and Ukrainian membership of NATO last week.

"Today I reiterate America's commitment to the NATO aspirations of Ukraine, Georgia,..." said Bush.

Russia, however, strongly opposes NATO membership for the two former Soviet republics, which are presently allies of the US.

Mottaki said, "The United States should not interfere in the issue of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two separatist provinces of Georgia whose independence is recognized by Russia."

"Washington should not be present in this issue. In the second day of the conflict [between Georgia and Russia in August], the US signed an agreement with Georgia to provide the country with missiles," added the minister.

"We believe that the involvement of extra-regional powers in the Caucasus will complicate the situation and create rivalries. This will negatively affect the process of talks," he continued.

Mottaki expressed Iran's support for regional initiatives aimed at resolving crises in the region.

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