Chairman Cardin released the following statement after the meeting:
“I enjoyed the opportunity to have a candid discussion with President Saakashvili about democratization and human rights issues in Georgia. We also discussed U.S.-Georgia relations and I assured him that the U.S. Congress supports Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The United States will not recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“The Helsinki Commission has a long history of monitoring events in Georgia and supporting democratic reforms there. We will watch the upcoming May 30 elections closely as they will be a critical test of Georgia’s democratic development. We hope the vote goes smoothly and fairly, living up to OSCE commitments.”
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