Opening newly renovated school in Kveshi
Today, January 15th, CDA Elizabeth Rood helped open the newly renovated public school in Kveshi, in the Shida Kartli region. The school is just one kilometer from the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) and serves 200 children. The U.S. military’s humanitarian assistance program funded the school’s renovation. This project is part of the U.S. commitment to answering the call of the Georgian government to help improve learning environments and sanitary conditions for children near the ABL.
CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Renovated Kveshi School Opening
Q-n about the school
CDA Elizabeth Rood: I am very pleased to participate today in the opening of the newly renovated school here in Kveshi, together with the governor of Shida Kartli, Mr. Khojevanishvili, and Georgia’s Minister of Education, Minister Chkhenkeli. Thanks to the renovation of this school, the children of Kveshi will have improved opportunities for education, which will strengthen their community and also help the people of this area overcome the special challenges they face by virtue of living near the administrative boundary line with the occupied Tskhinvali region. So, once again the United States calls on the de facto authorities of the Tskhinvali region to open the crossing points on the administrative boundary line to allow freedom of movement and normal lives for the population of this area.
Q-n about recent developments in Chorchana Forest
CDA Elizabeth Rood: The United States continues to be concerned about the worsening situation along the administrative boundary line with the occupied Tskhinvali region, including the continuing borderization, the erection of checkpoints, including in territory that has long been administered by Tbilisi. These worsening conditions are creating humanitarian difficulties, making life harder for people on both sides of the administrative boundary line. We once again call on the de facto authorities to open the crossing points along the ABL to allow freedom of movement, to allow humanitarian access, to allow the people in Tskhinvali region to reach necessary medical care and to live normal lives.
Q-n about the Human Rights Watch’s recent report
CDA Elizabeth Rood: I have only just received the information about this report. I have not had any chance to read it yet. We would like to have a chance to read the report and then we can comment, and you can be in touch with the Public Affairs Section.