Washington, DC—Following the passage of former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, Congressman Michael Turner, Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze.

Georgia's movement towards integration with the West is owed in large part to the efforts of President Shevardnadze.

Bold and sometimes difficult reforms were introduced because of his leadership and carried on by his successor because of the path he initiated. 

Georgia's friends in the United States will continue to work closely with Georgia to increase democracy, bolster respect for the rule of law, and ensure that the legacy of President Shevardnadze remains intact.”