U.S. Embassy Statement on fatal shooting of an unarmed man in the village of Khurcha. (May 21)

The United States condemns the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in the village of Khurcha, close to the Nabakevi Crossing Point on the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL).  We extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased and urge that a thorough and prompt investigation take place immediately and that those responsible for this tragedy be held accountable. This shooting demonstrates the need for urgent resumption of the Gali Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) as well as for international security arrangements on both sides of the ABL.

The United States fully supports Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.