Ambassador Norland Visits the US Embassy’s Learning Bookmobile in Tserovani (June 29)


Today Ambassador Norland visited with young school children in Tserovani, a community of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who lost their homes as a result of the 2008 conflict.  The visit once again made all too clear the destructive consequences—in human terms paid by society’s most vulnerable members, children—of the illegal occupation of Georgian territory and continued “borderization” efforts.

The United States once again urges Russia to fulfill all of its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement, to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions, to reverse its recognition of Georgia’s occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states, and to provide free, unhindered access for humanitarian assistance to these regions, particularly to serve the needs of IDPs. IMG_9746

The United States continues to support Georgia’s independence, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity consistent with its internationally recognized borders and does not recognize any so-called “treaties” between the Russian Federation and the de facto leaders of Georgia’s occupied regions of Abkhazia or South Ossetia.