U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Kelly Degnan said “international partners, within the EU or the United States or others who really care, have been supporting Georgia on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration, want to see continued reforms.”
Ambassador believes “it’s a normal part of the process to continue the reforms that Georgia has been doing for the last 20 years.”
“I think we’ve seen some very impressive progress over Georgia’s 30 years of re-independence. And the expectation is, of course, that that’s going to continue because there’s more to do here, where, in this case, the parliament asked for recommendations from international experts like the Venice Commission, ODIHR, other international experts; parliament asked for the recommendations. The recommendations, now in many cases, need to be fulfilled.
What I think is most important is that Georgia’s leaders agreed several times, including the ruling party, that these reforms are in Georgia’s best interest. And, so I think there is a real hope now that elections are finished that all the parties can come together again, and work constructively to implement these reforms, to pass the legislation, and to keep Georgia moving forward on the path that most Georgians by far say they want. And that is Georgia’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic family of nations as a strong, a sovereign country with a rich history that will be able to contribute to the European family of nations. Georgia has so much to contribute. It has a history of being part of Europe. And so it’s a natural progression for Georgia to continue that integration process into the European family of nations. I hope we’ll see progress on that very soon,” Ambassador Degnan underscored.