U.S. Embassy Statement on the Signing of the April 19 Political Agreement

The United States welcomes the agreement reached by the parties today, under the auspices of European Union President Michel’s mediation, to bring an end to Georgia’s political crisis. This agreement required difficult compromises by all sides. Above all, it required political courage and a commitment to the people of Georgia to continue the hard work of building democratic institutions and strengthening the rule of law.

While the signing of this agreement is a significant step, ending months of negotiations, we recognize that its implementation is equally important. The United States is committed to assisting the Parliament to ensure this agreement achieves its aspirations.

We invite individual Members of Parliament and remaining parties to sign the agreement so that all of Georgia’s elected representatives can begin working together in a fully functioning Parliament on the pressing issues facing Georgia.

As always, the United States stands ready to support Georgia on its path toward full integration into the Euro-Atlantic family of nations.