Karen Tovmasyan

If the leadership of NATO member countries will have a feeling that in Georgia there is evidence of political persecution of political opponents, it will not contribute to the process of tightening relations with the alliance, said NATO's Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai. He made this statement in Tbilisi on Thursday at a joint briefing with Georgian State Minister for European Integration Davit Bakradze. Appathurai said that this danger exsists and it should be avoided.

"There should'n't even be a feeling that the prosecution made on political motivations. If this perception strengthened, of course, it will be an obstacle to membership in NATO, "- said Appathurai.