Polish parliament wants push for Georgia, Ukraine to join NATO

09:08, 03 September 2008
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The Polish parliament issued a resolution

The Polish parliament on Tuesday urged NATO to step up work for ex-Soviet republics Georgia and Ukraine to join the Western military alliance amid tensions over the Caucasus conflict, according to AFP.

"The Parliament of the Republic of Poland holds the position that the right answer for NATO to give in the current situation should be the intensification of activity for the membership of Georgia and Ukraine in the North Atlantic Alliance," reads the unanimously adopted resolution.

Polish lawmakers also urged the European Union to "conduct a determined policy of eastern enlargement" and condemned Russia`s military action in Georgia.

"The continuation of the West`s dialogue with Russia demands its unequivocal respect for the basic principles of international law," the resolution says.

The move comes as Georgia on Tuesday formally broke diplomatic relations with Russia following its occupation of parts of the country and recognition of two breakaway Georgian regions, South Ossetia and Abhkazia.

Legislators also voiced their support for the conclusions adopted at the EU`s emergency summit on Monday on the Georgia crisis.

EU leaders decided to suspend negotiations with Russia on a new partnership agreement until Russia concludes a withdrawal of its troops from Georgian territory they entered on or after August 8.

A member of the Soviet bloc until it shed communism in 1989, Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the EU in 2004. An ex-Soviet republic, Georgia broke free from the Soviet Union in 1991.

AFP via Georgian Daily

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