Ambassador Degnan's Remarks Media at Odzisi American Shelf
Ambassador Degnan: I’m so delighted to be here in Odzisi for the opening of the newest edition to our American Spaces network. We are very proud to be able to support a community that is forced to live in the shadow of Georgia’s aggressive neighbor and oppressor, Russia. Living right next to the boundary line is a constant reminder of Russia’s broken promises to Georgia and its failure to fulfill its obligations under the 2008 treaty. This line continues to divide families and friends. The community on this side is resilient, courageous, and talented, and working for a better future. The American Shelf is bringing books, games, and supplies that we hope will be used as a resource by the students and the adults here in this community. This Shelf is just the latest addition to the 16 American Spaces we have throughout Georgia. These are resources for Georgians who want to learn English, who want to share knowledge, who maybe want to learn something new, or help their businesses expand. We hope that it will be seen as just that: a resource for everyone in the community. To us, it’s just the latest symbol of our deep partnership with our friends in Georgia.