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Georgia: Need For Restraint And Rule Of Law


Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 8, 2007

Georgia: Need for Restraint and Respect for Rule of Law

The United States welcomes the Georgian Government's decision to hold early presidential elections and a referendum on timing of parliamentary elections.

At the same time, we continue to urge the Government of Georgia to lift the state of emergency and restore all media broadcasts.

These are necessary steps to restore the democratic conditions for the election and referendum. We call on all parties to maintain calm, respect the rule of law, and address their differences through serious discussions to strengthen Georgia's democratic political system.

These discussions should take place in a spirit of compromise and in support of Georgia's sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and commitment to human rights.

2007/278
Released on November 8, 2007

ENDS

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