Deaths of Georgian Armed Forces Cadets Besarion Gorjoladze and Soso Makaridze in a Car Accident in the United States (March 8)

Ambassador Norland and the entire staff of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi were deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of Georgian military cadets Besarion Gorjoladze and Soso Makaridze in a tragic car accident on icy roads that occurred yesterday in the U.S. state of New Jersey.  Cadets Gorjoladze and Makaridze were studying at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, located in the state of Connecticut.  Both were Georgian patriots committed to advancing their nation’s security and had been selected by the Georgian Armed Forces to receive coast guard education in the United States.  The United States Embassy extends its deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and military colleagues of Cadets Gorjoladze and Makaridze at this trying time.