CDA Rood’s Remarks to the media at the International Black Sea University (December 2)
q-n about the event
This is the 12th annual American Cities Conference of the International Black Sea University, and it is such a wonderful opportunity for experts in this field to discuss the latest research and developments having to with the economic, cultural, political, and historical landscape of the United States in an international context. We are very happy to partner with Black Sea University in this conference, and in many undertakings, because Black Sea University produces students through this program and others that are prepared to be important contributors to Georgia’s government and business and civil society spheres, and it is part of the very broad educational and cultural cooperation that we have with Georgia through our strategic partnership charter.
q-n about Saturday’s meeting between the ruling party and opposition
Saturday’s meeting was a very important and positive first step in developing trust between the opposition parties and the ruling party, with the support of the international community. I do not think that anyone expected that we would reach an agreement on the way forward, but that this would be the start of a process to find a positive way forward, in the best interest of the Georgian nation. The next steps, we hope, will continue that dialogue. I can’t tell you that any particular model is going to be agreed on as a way forward. I think that different options will be evaluated and discussed, and we hope that the results ultimately will be positive.