Georgia, Tbilisi, March 12 / Trend , N. Kirtskhalia /
In connection with the annual report of the U.S. State Department the U.S. ambassador to Georgia John Bass recorded a video message in which he said that, along with some important achievements, there are some spheres where Georgia needs more progress to ensure the protection of universal human rights and meet the necessary standards for joining to organizations such as NATO.
"The current report on Georgia reflects a society and a country, which are in transition and after the occupation and conflict tries to build a future based on norms and values of a free society in cooperation with Europe and the North Atlantic region," Bass said.
The ambassador stated in the video record that "the quality of media outlets freedom is reduced".
He said the report concerns all Georgian territory, including separatist regions.
"The report says that human rights have been violated also in occupied territories, it is also noted that the occupied regions don't obey to Georgian central authorities," Bass said.
He emphasized that Georgian authorities was "attentive" to criticism and the study the facts cited in the report. "We think that such an approach (by the authorities) will continue in the future," Bass added.