Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at CIU Carnegie Conference (November 21)
Q-n about the event
I’m very pleased to participate in this conference, which will discuss the significance of Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy. He made a tremendous impact on the United States in the late 19th – early 20th century, founding the University of Pittsburgh, libraries all over the United States, and he really is a model for the United States and emphasizes the importance of using your wealth to enrich the lives of the community. I think this is a growing phenomenon in Georgia as well – philanthropy, and so I’m very pleased to participate in this conference today.
Q-n about the proposed sale of the Javelin weapons system to Georgia
[Congress was notified of a proposed] sale of Javelin anti-tank weapons and this is part of our overall efforts, our cooperative efforts, to make Georgia into a more resilient state. These are weapons that are intended entirely for defensive purposes and Georgia is a sovereign country and we respect its right to make its own decisions about its own defense, and this is why we have decided to allow the purchase. I emphasize that the Georgian government is purchasing these weapons, we are not providing them and, again, this is their sovereign right and we’re happy to support this sovereign right to self-defense.
Q-n about procedures, can Congress block the decision?
We notified Congress of our intent to allow Georgia to purchase these weapons and, clearly, this is a decision that was taken in consultation with Congress and, again, this is a purchase; we are not providing these weapons through a Congressional appropriation. We respect the rule of Congress and so we did notify of our intent to allow Georgian purchase.