Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at Bodbe Monastery on St. Nino’s Day (January 27)

Ambassador Kelly in Bodbe on Saint Nino’s Day. Photo: State Dept
Ambassador Kelly in Bodbe on Saint Nino’s Day. Photo: State Dept
Ambassador Kelly in Bodbe on Saint Nino’s Day. Photo: State Dept

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at Bodbe Monastery on St. Nino’s Day (January 27)

Q-n about Ambassador Kelly taking part in St. Nino’s Day celebrations

Ambassador Kelly: My wife Francesca and I were really honored to be invited to the events of today.  We are both people of faith and we also appreciate the importance of Saint Nino to the Georgian people.  It has been a great honor to be here today.  I would like to say congratulations to the Georgian people on St. Nino’s day.  Saint Nino was a tremendous figure, not only to the Georgian people, but I think, to all Christianity.  As I say, we are honored to be here.

Q-n about the U.S. Department of State’s statement in support of Georgia’s territorial integrity , calling on Russia to comply with the 2008 ceasefire agreement and condemning Russia’s occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Ambassador Kelly: We were really appalled by the Russian Duma[‘s ratification of] this so-called treaty to integrate the armed forces of South Ossetia and the Russian Federation.  We do not recognize the legitimacy of this agreement and, in fact, we see it as a step backward.  I think all sides should be working towards the implementIon of the 2008 ceasefire agreement, which calls for the forces to return to the places of previous position.  It is a step in the wrong direction and so, this is why we absolutely condemn this move in Washington.