Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
September 9, 2008
HASTINGS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO AID THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA
Urges Reconstruction and Economic Assistance in the Aftermath of Russia’s Armed Intervention and Destruction of Critical Infrastructure
(Washington, DC) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), introduced the “Republic of Georgia Enhanced Trade Assistance, Economic Recovery, and Reconstruction Act of 2008.” The legislation is in response to the August 2008 war between Georgia and the Russian Federation, in which Russia destroyed critical infrastructure, disrupted domestic and regional commerce and devastated homes in villages and towns, causing the internal displacement of tens of thousands of people.
Chairman Hastings’ legislation authorizes an expansion of trade, business and economic opportunities and assistance for reconstruction efforts and economic recovery. (Please find attached a copy of the legislation, HERE)
“I condemn Russia’s armed intervention into Georgia and the subsequent destruction of critical infrastructure. It is clear that Russia has defied virtually every principle of the Helsinki Final Act, from respect for sovereignty, refraining from the threat or use of force and inviolability of frontiers to territorial integrity of States, peaceful settlement of disputes and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said Chairman Hastings.
“I will work with my colleagues in Congress toward a speedy passage of legislation to fund Georgia’s economic recovery. Georgia is a key strategic partner of the United States and therefore we must assist the Georgian people in their time of need.”
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
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