In a statement issued on January 7 the U.S. Department of State called on the political forces "to work peacefully and responsibly for a democratic Georgia."
We agree with the European Union and the International Election Observer Mission that this was the first genuinely competitive presidential election in Georgia. Turnout was high in spite of inclement weather," the statement said. "International monitors identified significant problems that must be corrected. We urge the Government of Georgia to investigate all allegations of irregularities and to work with all political forces to address the challenges and shortcomings identified by international observers prior to parliamentary elections expected this spring."
The statement made a reference to preliminary findings by the international observation mission, which described the January 5 presidential polls in Georgia in essence consistent with most OSCE and Council of Europe commitments and standards for democratic elections.