Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to Media at the Millennium Innovations Award Launch (December 1)
Q-n about today’s event
Ambassador Kelly: I think this is my favorite project. The U.S. Embassy has been supporting this competition, the Millennium Innovation Award. This is the fourth year that we’ll be doing it. I’ve participated in the last three inauguration events and this, I think, is one of the most important things that we do, because it’s all about the future of Georgia. We really want Georgia to become a full member of the Western community of nations and to do that, I think it really needs to enter the 21st century information economy, and that’s why we’ve put 140 million dollars into developing science-based curriculum: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STEM). This is just a part of the way that we’re getting Georgian young people to get excited about science and technology.
Q-n regarding the special operation [November 21-22]
Ambassador Kelly: First of all, on our participation in the investigation, obviously, the investigation is ongoing. I’m not going to talk about the specifics of our participation in it. At the request of the Georgian government some experts from the FBI did come and I understand there’s going to be a press conference this afternoon at the State Security Service, at SUSI [SSSG], and so we look forward to what they have to say. Regarding the statement of the Minister of the Interior, I haven’t seen this statement, we look forward to getting more details about this. Obviously, we do have questions about how these individuals were in Georgia. We understand they were foreign citizens and we are, of course, working very closely with the Ministry and with SUSI [SSSG] to get further information on this operation. Thank you.