DCM Nicholas Berliner’s Remark to Media at Forum on the Current Challenges of the Judiciary System (May 11)

DCM Nicholas Berliner at Media at Forum. Photo: State Dept
DCM Nicholas Berliner. Photo: State Dept

DCM Nicholas Berliner’s Remark to Media at Forum on the Current Challenges of the Judiciary System (May 11)

Question about the criticism of judiciary system and the embassy’s position over the issue

DCM Nicholas Berliner:

The U.S. Embassy has been very engaged in the sector for many (many) years. We have supported this coalition of non-governmental organizations through USAID.  This is a crucial part of Georgia’s democratic and economic development — to have a truly free and independent judiciary. Of course, there are problems and weaknesses.  I think many of those will be discussed in there today. But at the end of the day, the important thing is that people have confidence that judges are truly independent, that they are qualified, and that they are making decisions based on the law.  Of course, while there is no one solution to any of these problems, at the end of the day, it will be creating a culture where these institutions are built up and where they are respected.

Question about the meeting of Lavrov and Tillerson in parallel with the PM Kvirikashvili’s visit to the US

DCM Nicholas Berliner:

The prime minister was received in Washington at the absolute highest levels and he had very good discussions there.   What he heard from the United States was a reaffirmation of the  long-standing support for Georgia — for its sovereignty, for its independence, and for  its territorial  integrity.  We can expect that these positions will continue.  They have been very firm in the United States and we will stand by them.  It is very important that the Prime minister heard this from our new administration.