Georgia, Tbilisi, June 8 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on June 7 discussed a draft resolution 'On the democratic and successful development of Georgia and peaceful and just ways to resolve the conflict associated with the internationally recognised borders'.
The resolution emphasised U.S. support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia. Debate participants also talked about the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Georgia, its integration into Euro-Atlantic structures and the binding of deepening the democratic processes in the country.
"The world keeps track of the democratic development of Georgia. Successful holding of elections will be an important signal that the country continues to pursue and strengthen the democratic process. These processes will be one more argument for Georgia joining NATO," committee's chairman Ros-Lehtinen said.
She also noted that in order to establish peace in the region, Russia should implement terms of the agreement of August 12, 2008 and withdraw its troops from Georgian territory.
"This resolution is an important reminder that Russia's occupation of this region is unacceptable and must cease immediately. For these reasons, we support this resolution," the chairman of the committee said.
Minutes of the discussion were referred to the House of Representatives for voting which will take place in a few weeks.
The author of the draft resolution is a Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania, Bill Shuster.
Georgian Ambassador to the U.S. Temur Yakobashvili called the adopted a resolution "another step on the path of international support for Georgia."
"These resolutions do not remain only on paper, but are converted into U.S. policy. Everything that is reflected in this and previous resolutions was demonstrated during the visit of U.S. Secretary of State to Georgia," the Ambassador said.
He said the firm position of the United States and Europe is evidence that Georgia's territorial integrity will be restored and it will become a NATO member.
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