Assistant Secretary A. Wess Mitchell’s statement to media during his visit to the administrative boundary line at Odzisi, Dusheti District (May 1)
Dr. A. Wess Mitchell: Thank you for being here this morning. Ten years ago there was a war here and I am here today to remind the Russian Government that the world has not forgotten about those events. We do not recognize this boundary line as an international border. We are very concerned for the safety and well-being of Georgia citizens who continue to live here in these valleys across the line, and we express our outrage at the detentions and torture and murder of Georgian citizens that have occurred—and express our condolences to their families. We call upon the Russian Government to honor the terms of the 2008 ceasefire agreement and to cease to recognize these entities as countries, and also to allow the safe passage of humanitarian aid into these regions. The United States is deeply committed to the security of Georgia as a partner, and we appreciate the efforts of the Georgian Government and Parliament and people to show a deep commitment to democratic reform, and we appreciate Georgia’s leadership and example as a successful democracy in the Caucasus.