USA won’t abandon Georgia – Clinton
At the sitting in the framework of Charter on strategic partnership between Georgia and the USA Hillary Clinton stated the American authorities would stick to the position of supporting Georgia's territorial integrity - Trend.
"The United States will not waver in its support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. That support is a core principle of our Charter on Strategic Partnership, and it is fundamental to our bilateral relationship," she said.
"We continue to call on Russia to end its occupation of Georgian territory, withdraw its forces, and abide by its other commitments under the 2008 ceasefire agreements. Georgia has taken a constructive approach in our common efforts to address this challenge through the talks in Geneva. We support the objectives of Georgia's State Strategy on Occupied Territories, and we are prepared to undertake activities that reinforce these important objectives," she added.
Clinton highlighted that Washington and Tbilisi would work together on improvement of the Georgian democracy and country security.
She also noted the role of Georgian peacemaking contingent in Afghanistan. "We are extremely grateful for Georgia's contributions to NATO's efforts in Afghanistan. Seven hundred and fifty Georgian soldiers in ISAF are serving shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, with another 200 serving with French troops. They are helping Afghans build a more secure, stable, and prosperous future, and working to safeguard our common security against the threat of terrorism".
The Charter on strategic partnership was signed on January 9th 2009.
This July, in the course of her visit to Georgia Clinton called on Tbilisi to find common points with Moscow.
She expressed the view some consensus with the Russian side can positively affect the economy of Georgia.
Yet she let everyone understand that in the issues concerning territorial integrity of Georgia, Washington disagrees with Moscow. In particular, she voiced such words as "annexation" and "occupation".