US ambassador Kelly Degnan visits occupation line in Georgia
01 May, 2020
US ambassador Kelly Degnan visits occupation line in Georgia
Kelly C. Degnan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Georgia and Alexander Khojevanishvili, the Deputy Head of State Security Service of Georgia visited village Odzisi of Dusheti municipality at the occupation line, statement of the State Security Service of Georgia says.

“State Security Service of Georgia provided the Ambassador of the United States of America to Georgia with exhaustive information on the current situation in the occupied regions and along the occupation line” - Alexander Khojevanishvili,
Deputy Head of the State Security Service said. “We think that today’s visit, the visit of such high-ranking guests in the region is very important so that they are able to see for themselves and evaluate problems, threats and challenges, emanating from the occupied regions.”

Ambassador Kelly Degnan noted that it was her first opportunity to visit the occupation line.
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“I see even more of a tragedy separating people who used to live together in this beautiful villages. It’s really heartbreaking” – she said. “The United States strongly supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and when I see what is being built on the other side of this occupation line, it makes me even more convinced, that Russia needs to fulfill its obligations under 2008 Ceasefire Agreement and withdraw its forces, and comply with its obligations under the Agreement it had signed and it had agreed to.”

The ambassador noted that the recent borderization issue was very important.

On April 17 the State Security Service of Georgia (SSG) announced that Russia has continued “illegal borderization” near the village of Takhtisdziri of Kareli Municipality along the dividing line between Tskhinvali Region (South Ossetia) and Georgia proper.
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“I’m also very concerned at some of disinformation that I’m reading” – ambassador Degnan said. “I think hackers and irresponsible people in Russia and other places attacking Georgia and the Lugar Lab when in the middle of controlling pandemic, that the whole world is struggling with.

Everybody has seen at the Lugar Lab, which is controlled by the Georgians and run by Georgian public health experts has done a remarkable job with diagnostic testing, with providing accurate medical advice to the Government and to the public so that the Georgian people have been able to contain this virus in a very responsible way. So, attacks against the Lugar are simply not true and really irresponsible. I’m so sorry whenever I see that.”

Source / photos: ssg.gov.ge

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