US Embassy Statement on deaths of Georgians crossing the ABL

The U.S. Embassy extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Georgians who died yesterday attempting to the cross the Enguri River, and to all of those who are suffering during the humanitarian crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic and restricted movement across the Abkhazia administrative boundary line. We appreciate the United Nations’ facilitation of a humanitarian corridor across the Enguri Bridge. Protection of human life demands continued joint cooperation by all sides in order to avert future tragedies such as yesterday’s drowning deaths. This heartbreaking situation reminds us all that every day for too many years, families have been forced to make unimaginable choices to be with the people they love, find medical care and education, or put food on the table. The U.S. commitment to Georgia’s territorial integrity is unwavering. So is our commitment to the people suffering through this humanitarian crisis.