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Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
www.csce.gov
April 14, 2010

STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN CARDIN AFTER MEETING WITH PRESIDENT OF GEORGIA



Chairman Cardin, at right, with President Saakashvili, center, and Rep. Aderholt in the U.S. Capitol.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Commissioner Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL) today met with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia.

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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