ENERGY SECURITY AND UNRESOLVED CONFLICT IN THE CAUCASUS
Euro-Atlantic Security and Integration of the South Caucasus
Extract from a Presentation by Georgian Foreign Minister Tedo Japaridze, NATO Workshop on Emerging Threats to Energy Security and Stability, January 23-25, 2004, Windsor Castle, UK
"The Western world, and particularly the European states have long
considered the South Caucasus and the Eastern shore of the Black Sea
as a region historically, politically and psychologically separated
from Europe. Only recent global political developments made it clear
that this area is becoming an important security, political and
economical component of a new, wider Europe.
Developments, which have been taking place since November 2nd
elections, prove that the Georgian nation and state have irreversibly
chosen the way of democratic development. People, who had patiently
endured economical problems, hardship, corruption, have expressed
their protest at very moment, when democracy was endangered, national
dignity was injured and basic constitutional right to vote was
ignored. Within the November 2003 revolution the Georgian people
defended the right to live in a democratic state. What is the most
important, this right was defended peacefully, without violence and
blood, breaking the constitutional order, through the civil protest.
The South Caucasus is to be considered as an inseparable element of
the Euro-Atlantic security framework and a part of EU's new Wider
Europe-New Neighbors initiative.
The security situation and the region-building in the Black
Sea-Caspian Sea area, considered in a global context, are determined
to a large degree by the effects of three sets of interrelated and
- The persistent geopolitical, geo-strategic and geo-economic influences of the expanding security, civil, and economic space of the democratic European and Euro-Atlantic institutions in the Eastern Black Sea - South Caucasus - Caspian Sea area.
- The continuing fight against global terrorism and the proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction
- The oil and natural gas energy policy within and connected with the region."