CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media (August 16)
q-n about recent events in Gugutiantkari
Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: The United States government is deeply troubled by the news that the Russian backed authorities in South Ossetia have resumed building fencing at the village of Gugutiantkari. This is a very negative development, it harms security in the region, it harms livelihoods, it keeps people apart. And we again call for this so-called borderization to stop and again, we call on the Russian Federation to abide by the 2008 ceasefire agreement and withdraw its troops from Georgia’s occupied territories.
q-n about Georgian government’s reaction to Gugutiantkari events and the international community’s reaction
Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Well the United States and Georgia’s international partners, including those that participate in the Geneva international discussions are very deeply engaged in a daily basis with the government of Georgia in meeting all of the challenges presented by Russia’s occupation of Georgian territory, including the issue of borderization and including the current problem we’re facing at the village of Gugutiantkari. And I would recommend that instead of criticizing one another, Georgians unite to face this very difficult challenge.
q-n about Anaklia project in the light of Conti International LLC leaving Anaklia Development Consortium and if there are any signs of Russia taking the rule of the project
Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: I would refer to the Anaklia Development Consortium, questions having to do with any specific shareholder that is part of the consortium, but I will say that the United States continues to believe that the development of the Anaklia port is a very important project for Georgia’s economic development and for its fulfillment of its potential as a trade and transportation hub and we continue to believe that this project should be completed with American investment because it can be a very important part of the very strong strategic partnership between Georgia and the United States in the economic sphere.