Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 6, 2012


Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas O. Melia of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor will lead an interagency delegation that will visit Georgia from September 10-12 to assess the pre-election environment. The delegation will also include officials from USAID and the Departments of Defense and Justice.

The delegation is visiting Georgia to highlight the importance of a democratic electoral process that results in a Parliament which reflects the will of the Georgian people. Deputy Assistant Secretary Melia and the delegation will hold a number of meetings to urge the Georgian Government to implement Georgia’s electoral laws in a fair, impartial, and transparent manner, and to urge all political parties to fully participate in the process while abiding by the law.



PRN: 2012/1397