05TBILISI3171, VIOLATIONS IN SOUTH OSSETIA

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05TBILISI3171 2005-12-05 11:50 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 TBILISI 003171 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG RU
SUBJECT: VIOLATIONS IN SOUTH OSSETIA 
 
1.  In response to inquiries from the Department regarding 
Georgian complaints of misconduct by Russian peacekeeping 
forces in South Ossetia, post has compiled the following list 
of incidents and infractions as reported by the GOG. 
 
--  September 20, 2005:  Military parade in Tskhinvali. 
 
--  Violation of Joint Control Commission (JCC) Protocol 3 of 
July 12, 1992.  Failing to prevent the concentration of 
military force and uncontrolled armament in the zone of 
conflict. 
 
--  Violation of JCC Protocol 7 of February 13, 1997. 
Allowing the creation of armed groups. 
 
--  Violation of Kokoity-Zhvania agreement in Sochi, November 
5, 2004. 
 
      --  Violation of JCC Protocol 40 of November 19-20, 
2004. 
 
--  Violation of JCC Protocol 44, article 2.2, of June 22-23, 
2005.  Joint Peacekeeping Force (JPKF) is responsible for 
eliminating armed groups and for continuing the process of 
demilitarization. 
 
--  Ongoing movement of military and logistics supplies 
through the Roki tunnel. 
 
--  Violation of JCC Protocol 3 of July 12, 1992.  The Roki 
Tunnel is the responsibility of JPKF to prevent the 
concentration of military force and uncontrolled armament in 
the zone of conflict. 
 
--  On November 8, 2005, illegally armed "border guards" 
arrested unauthorized loggers. 
 
      --  Violation of JCC Protocol 3 of July 12, 1992. 
 
--  Violation of JCC Protocol 7 of February 13, 1997. 
 
--  Ongoing failure to eliminate the heavy armament belonging 
to the North Ossetia Alania peacekeeping force. 
 
      --  Violation of JCC decision of December 6, 1994. 
 
--  October 12, 2005:  All observers, including OSCE 
observers, were denied access to Khetagurovo village in South 
Ossetia. 
 
--  Violation of the March 2, 1993, Memorandum of 
Understanding on South Ossetia and the mandate of the OSCE. 
 
 
2.  The following are acts, reported by the GOG, of 
misconduct by the Russian presence in South Ossetia. 
 
--  Russian-born individuals, in most cases employees of the 
Russian special services, have been appointed to key 
governing positions in the Tskhinvali "state structures." 
 
      -  "Prime Minister" - Yurii Morozov 
            (Russian Citizen) 
      -  "Minister of Defense" ) Anatoliy Barankevich 
            (Russian Citizen) 
      -  "Security Minister General" ) Major Anatoliy 
Yaravoy 
            (Russian Citizen) 
      -  "Minister of Internal Affairs" ) Mikheil Mindzayev 
            (Russian Citizen from North Ossetia) 
      -  "Deputy Prime Minister" - Nikolay Makoyev 
            (Russian Citizen from North Ossetia) 
      -  "Deputy Prime Minister" - Ruslan Pliyev 
            (Russian Citizen from North Ossetia) 
      -   Security Advisor to "President" Kokoity - Igor 
Grundov 
            (Russian Citizen) 
 
--  Russian passports are actively issued to the population. 
 
--  Representatives of the Russian mass media, without proper 
permission and accreditation from the GOG, are permanently 
present in Tskhinvali. 
 
--  Moscow has allocated USD 1.5 million for the construction 
of a bypass road, which enables the de facto authorities to 
cut off access from the South to the Georgian villages of 
Didi Liakhvi region by circumventing the current road, which 
passes through Didi Liakhvi. 
 
--  Russian and Ossetian specialists are working on linking 
South Ossetian electric and gas systems to Russia,s without 
an agreement with the Georgian side, and outside of the forum 
of the JCC. 
 
--  Violation of Georgia-Russia agreement of December 23, 
2000, that both countries must act together in economic 
development initiatives in South Ossetia. 
 
--  Russian companies are illegally investing in the region. 
Examples include:  Ural mining factory,s purchase of 
management of Kvaisi lead-zinc mine; Sibcabel,s purchase of 
Tskhinvali factory "Enamel Wire";  Transmashkholding,s 
 
SIPDIS 
purchase of Tskhinvali factory "Electro vibromashina"; 
Russian allocation of USD 71 million to restore Kvaisi talc 
mine. 
--  The Georgian population of the Tigvi municipal council 
have no access to arable lands due to the ongoing presence of 
illegal armed forces. 
 
3.  The following is a list, provided by the GOG, of illegal 
armed forces in Tskhinvali and adjacent territories. 
 
      -  Militia headed by Dima Tasoev, "tekstil" 
      -  Militia headed by Sergey "Pant" Tigiev 
-  "Veterans of 1990-1992 wars" (Khutor), led by Bala Bestauti 
      -  Militia "Bam", led by Vova Keleksaev 
-  Armed force of the "Ecological Service", led by Soltanb 
Pliev, father of Alan Pliev, the "Deputy Minister of Foreign 
Affairs" 
-  Militia "Mamisantubani", led by Kote Kabisov, the "Head of 
Customs Service" 
 
 
4.  The following is a list, provided by the GOG, of illegal 
checkpoints, fortifications, and weapons warehouses in South 
Ossetia. 
 
--  Tskhinvali District: 
 
-  Tskhinvali car repair factory ("TSARZ") ) tanks T-55 and 
SAU-2CI 
-  Territory of the former asphalt factory ) heavily armed 
militia controlled checkpoint 
-  Territ
ory of the former kindergarten (Gafeze street, not 
far from Tirifphon channel) ) headquarters of militia, 
bunker, delivery station of smuggled goods 
-  Former canning factory (near Tskhinvali bus station) ) 
Heavy military equipment 
-  Ergneti-Tskhinvali road ) checkpoints of "immigration" 
and "customs" services, and police checkpoint 
-  Zemo Nikosi ) illegal police checkpoint on the road at 
the Tskhinvali border 
-  North-west of Zemo Nikosi, alongside Kekhvi channel, there 
are trenches, bunkers and militia headquarters 
-  North of Khoda (4 km from Khetagurovo) there is a military 
station 
-  Khetagurovo village (Tsunari) ) there is a militia 
headquarters, and the "South outskirts" checkpoint 
      -  Dampaleti village ) militia controlled checkpoint 
-  Tskhinvali-Nikosi border ) repair works of a former 
cafeteria of the Factory 31 are underway to provide a station 
for border guards 
 
--  Djava District: 
 
-  Outpatient hospital of the village Sinaguri ) group of 
100 boeviks (elite fighters) 
-  Tourist camp of the village Zivgomi ) warehouse of 
military hardware (12 tanks) 
      -  Mekhlebi village ) bunker and arms cache 
      -  Gudisi village ) arms cache 
      -  Ugardanta village ) bunker and arms cache 
-  Tourist camp of Kroza village ) military forces and 
equipment 
      -  Doloty village ) military base 
      -  Rustavi village ) military base 
      -  Grubel gorge, north of Tbeti village ) military base 
      -  Itrapisi village ) military forces and equipment 
      -  Dzari village ) arms cache and equipment 
-  Kusreti village ) fortification installations; military 
forces 
 
--  Gorge Patara Liakhvi: 
 
-  Special armed groups (10 people in each) patrol the 
intersection of Eredvi-Kheiti roads which link the villages 
of the Big Liakhvi with other regions 
-  Prisi village  - trenches span 5 km, military force (20-30 
men) of Dima Taboev 
      -  Satikhari village ) post of local militia 
      -  Dmenisi village ) post of local militia 
      -  Mtskhetijvari ) post of militia 
      -  Tliakana ) post of militia 
-  In the forests, military forces patrol and prevent 
Georgian population from gathering lumber 
 
--  Znauri district in the Proni Gorge: 
 
-  Building of the former Executive Committee ) border 
protection unit of 200 of the best local armed militiamen; 
territory fenced off by barbed wire 
-  Tigvi and Nabakevi villages ) force (100 fighters) armed 
with machine guns and grenade-launchers, and manned by local 
residents 
      -  Kvemo Okona village ) militia post 
      -  Avnevi ) militia post 
      -  Muguti village ) militia post 
 
 
5.  The following are reported incidents of kidnapping and 
beating in the Tskhinvali region in 2005. 
 
--  October 19, 2005:  in the village Dvani, during an armed 
attack on the family of Chukhrukhidze, the head of the family 
was shot. 
--  September 5, 2005:  representatives of law enforcement 
bodies of Tskhinvali assaulted 4 Georgian construction 
workers who were renovating the Georgian-Ossetian school. 
--  August 24, 2005:  in Artsevi village, a shepherd was 
assaulted. 
--  August 19, 2005:  11-year old Geno Petriashvili was 
kidnapped from the village of Avneve and taken in the 
direction of Nuli-Gvertsevi.  He was released after 100 days 
in captivity. 
--  July 21, 2005:  resident of the village Artsevi, Gocha 
Djaremlishvili was kidnapped. 
--  June 6, 2005:  three residents of the village of Kekhvi 
and one from Birdjnisi were kidnapped. 
--  May 29, 2005:  near the village of Tamarsheni, 5 people 
were killed in a violent incident. 
--  May 12, 2005:  near the village of Avnevi, a group of 
armed people, threatening with arms, held two observers of 
the OSCE mission in Georgia. 
TEFFT

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