DAS Kent Remarks to Media at Democracy Working Group Meeting (May 3)

DAS Kent Remarks to Media at Democracy Working Group Meeting (May 3)

 

Q-n about the event

DAS Kent: The U.S. is here in support of our partner, Georgia.  We support Georgia’s success as a prosperous country, a secure country, and one with democratic and accountable institutions.  This is the Democratic Working Group, but really everything is interconnected: security, economic prosperity and a functioning, accountable democracy. A democratic society is a society that is resilient against outside aggression, a society that has a functioning rule of law is a society that will attract foreign investment and allow Georgians to live more prosperous lives.  While this was the Democracy Working Group, we talked about everything in the Georgian – U.S. relationship.

Question: what where the specific recommendations of the US delegation?

DAS Kent: What I would say is, as the Deputy Foreign Minister said, we have been talking all day, so it is a very long conversation.  But I will say that, in passing the law on the selection of judges, we noted with concern that all of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, the Council of Europe, and OSCE where not adopted, and we have that concern because Georgia wants to join European institutions.