CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Remarks at Millennium Innovations Awards (October 26)
Question about the event
CDA Elizabeth Rood: I am very pleased to join Deputy Minister of Education Irine Abuladze, Millennium Foundation Chef Executive Magda Maghradze, representatives of the U.S Embassy, and partners from the government and private sector to launch the Sixth Annual Millennium Innovations Award. The Millennium Innovations Award is a wonderful opportunity for Georgian school students to develop their skills in science, technology, engineering, and math, to compete for exciting prizes, and to become drivers of innovation and to contribute to Georgia’s science-based economy in the future. And, I am very delighted to encourage all young people between the ages of twelve and seventeen to participate in this year’s competition.
Question about the Anaklia Port
CDA Elizabeth Rood: The United States continues to believe that the Anaklia Deep Sea Port Project is very important for growth, and the fulfillment of Georgia’s potential as a trade and transportation hub. We continue to believe that it is very important that this project be completed with American investment, and we are closely monitoring the developments in this regard.
Question about the recent events at the ABL
CDA Elizabeth Rood: The United States continues to be quite concerned about the escalation of tensions along the ABL with occupied South Ossetia. We are particularly concerned about the recent detention by the Russian forces of members of the European Union monitoring mission. This is quite unacceptable, as these monitors were carrying out their duties according to their mandate. We call again on Russia and de-facto authorities of the South Ossetia region to use all available mechanisms to put a stop to this kind of activity and to deescalate the situation,
and particularly with respect to the area around the Chorchana Forest.