Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks at Peace Corps “G15” Reception (March 10)
Question about the event
This is our way to say thanks to the dozens of volunteers who have been living in communities all over Georgia helping in the schools, primarily teaching English, but also helping communities develop different projects, and it is also our way of saying thank you to the Georgian officials who have supported Peace Corps program and various ministries and communities. This is, I think, one of the most important programs we have, the Peace Corps program. It is definitely the program that has greatest reach in Georgia. These Peace Corps volunteers are really all over Georgia.
Question about the tension between the parliament and President Margvelashvili
I have been very impressed by the process that has been set up by parliament and by government to examine possible changes to the constitution. I think it has been an extremely inclusive process, and it has been opened up to civil society and different institutions of the government. I also have a lot of respect for the President, for his office and the important role that he plays, and providing an appropriate balance between the various institutions of government. Democracy, I think, is a lot of pushing and pulling and this is, I think, very natural in a democracy. If you look at what is happening in the United States right now, in Washington, we are seeing a lot of the same thing, a lot of pushing and pulling between the various branches of government, so this is a very natural process and as long this process stays open, transparent and inclusive, it will be a good process.