Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA, Comment on Inauguration Ceremony (December 16)
Q-n about the inauguration, the confrontation between the opposition and law enforcement representatives, pressure on the police from the opposition, and about the developments in general
Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA: The United Stars was proud and pleased to take part in the inauguration ceremony. We were represented by an Assistant Administrator of the Agency for International Development, which for 25 years has played a lead role in this country in assisting in its economic, political, and social development and the progress that has been made here. Both the USAID representative Brock Bierman and I congratulated President Zurabishvili on her inauguration and on what it means for this country. As for the other events that took place yesterday, the United States obviously supports the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. We support those rights to be carried out in a calm and peaceful manner, and I think we are very concerned about the images that were seen yesterday—what they say to Georgians, what they say to Georgia’s friends around the world about where this country is. We call for calm for Georgia now to move forward in the aftermath of these elections and get to the important work of strengthening this country and strengthening its future.