NATO: 'democracy' and 'transparency"


November 14, 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili has invited the North Atlantic Council to Georgia. He said about it in Brussels at a joint press conference held after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Prime Minister stressed that NATO isn't only a military but also a political structure and promised that the new government will do everything to strengthen the democratic institutions.

"We will do everything in order to develop truly democratic institutions. The problems that arose a few days ago, in my opinion, were connected with the fact that the former power was satisfied by facade statements power instead of building truly democratic institutions, and there wasn't enough transparency in society, including in military compounds. The new government will do everything to ensure that all our actions are clear to the international community and NATO. We will do everything to achieve the objectives and Georgia to be a member of the alliance in the near future," Ivanishvili said.

Georgia is a close and committed partner for NATO. It doubled its contribution to NATO's mission in Afghanistan and joined the planning process for the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces after 2014.

Source: Trend News Agency


NATO’s Secret Kurdish War: Turkey Prepares Iraq-Style Attacks Inside Syria

August 3, 2012

The secular, left-wing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been struggling for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey since 1978 and is labelled a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union.

The Turkish government has been waging a counterinsurgency war against the PKK for 28 years in Turkey, and over the past decade in northern Iraq, with the active support of the Pentagon and NATO. In fact, the campaign against Kurdish opposition groups is another, unacknowledged, American and NATO war, one to be added to a growing list that includes Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and now Syria.

In recent years, for example, NATO and the Pentagon’s European Command and Central Command have become increasingly involved in supporting Turkish military attacks against the PKK and other Kurdish groups in Turkey and Iraq. (Turkey is in European Command’s area of responsibility; Iraq is in Central Command’s.)

In September of 2005 the joint top commander of U.S. European Command and NATO at the time, Marine General James Jones (later the Barack Obama administration’s first national security advisor), met with members of the Turkish general staff and signed a memorandum of understanding for a NATO "counterterrorism" center in Turkey.

His comments at the time included these:

“We discussed specific Turkish concerns, obviously, with regard to the PKK.

“Turkey is ideally suited to host the Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism. Turkey has the second largest armed forces in NATO, is strategically located, and has over 30 years [of] experience combating terrorism.”

The NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism had been inaugurated in Turkey on June 28, 2005.

In July of 2006 the Turkish head of state, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called on NATO to openly join the anti-PKK counterinsurgency war, stating: “NATO, which joined in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan, should also do the same here. “It would be good to make tripartite efforts (Turkey, NATO and the US) and to get some results.”



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