New NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia pays his first visit to the South

Last week, the new NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Mr. Javier Colomina, travelled to the South Caucasus, visiting Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia to introduce himself in his new capacity. He discussed regional security issues with high-level civilian and military officials, took stock of NATO’s relations with these important partners…in the context of the ongoing preparations for the 2022 NATO Summit in Madrid.

The Secretary General’s Special Representative expressed appreciation for Azerbaijan’s support to NATO in Afghanistan….He listened to views on the challenges faced by Azerbaijan following the 44-day war. He also reviewed current NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation, including the resumption of cooperation with the Azerbaijan authorities within the Planning and Review Process partnership framework.

In Georgia Mr. Colomina expressed support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations….He praised Georgia for its continued contributions to Euro-Atlantic security and for its support to NATO operations….He also visited the Administrative Boundary Line where he reiterated NATO’s support for Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

In Armenia the Secretary General’s Special Representative spoke with his interlocutors on ways to further political dialogue and sustain NATO-Armenia practical cooperation in various domains….He listened to views on the challenges faced by Armenia following the 44-day war. He also recognized Armenia’s troop contributions – including in Kosovo – and its valuable participation in different NATO’s partnership-frameworks….

The position of the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia was established to place a special focus on these two strategically important regions for the Atlantic Alliance, following the decision taken by NATO Allies at the Istanbul Summit in June 2004.