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Bryza made conclusions of his visit to Georgia2009-03-16 10:47
Matthew Bryza, the Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State spent less than two days in Georgia but believes he has been staying for the whole month, since he learned a lot in the course of the meetings he conducted.gt-en-newsitem-inside
At his press conference he noted that he has came to Georgia as the representative of Barack Obama's administration for the first time.
According to Bryza, the U.S. will continue cooperation with Georgia in all fields, including the ones defined in the Charter on Strategic Partnership. He reminded that it was about time to start implementation of this document's regulations.
Bryza mentioned that in the course of the meetings held in Tbilisi - with representatives of the government, opposition and the Patriarchy he discussed both foreign relations and interior problems, including increased activities of the opposition and the protest action set for April 9th.
Matthew Bryza regards everything happening in Georgia as manifestations of democracy and underlines that the U.S. in every way favor consolidation of democratic institutions in Georgia.
He returned to his statement concerning the date of presidential elections in Georgia. According to Bryza, he meant that the routine presidential elections are planned for 2013, and the U.S. administration doesn't pursue the definition of the presidential elections in Georgia date.
"The United States has nothing to do with setting of that date; we have no way or no right to judge which date is a proper date; that's a decision that only the people of Georgia can take." He said. "It is our great hope that the event of April will energize society and lead the opposition, government and politically neutral people to get down to a very serious work that lies ahead to strengthen democracy," Bryza noted. "I hope that the protest will lead to a dialogue directly between the government and the opposition."
The visit of the Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary of State was finished with the meeting with Ilia II, the Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia. Before that he was received by the Minister of Defense, the Speaker of the Parliament, representatives of parliamentary and non-parliamentary opposition and the new Minister for Penitentiary, Probation and Legal Assistance. A separate meeting was held with Irakli Alasania, the Alliance for Georgia leader; the one was conducted with Nino Burjanadze, the democratic Movement-United Georgia leader.
After the meeting Burjanadze claimed she outlined the guest a true situation in the country and her views on it.