06TBILISI2789, UN AND CIS CONDUCT JOINT PATROL OF KODORI GORGE

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06TBILISI2789 2006-10-20 08:10 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO5345
OO RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #2789 2930810
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 200810Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4406
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 002789 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/17/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: UN AND CIS CONDUCT JOINT PATROL OF KODORI GORGE 
 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4(b) & (d). 
 
1. (C) A joint UNOMIG-CIS patrol visited the 
Georgian-controlled Upper Kodori Gorge October 12, the first 
such international monitoring mission since Georgian forces 
re-established control over the area from local warlord Emzar 
Kvitsiani in July.  Georgian Deputy State Minister for 
Conflict Resolution Ruslan Abashidze told us October 12 that 
the patrol seemed to have gone smoothly, adding that the 
Russians in the CIS contingent were in a "bad mood" because 
"nothing special" was happening.  He said the monitors had 
asked questions about the presence of weapons seized from 
warlord Kvitsiani, but noted that this did not appear to be a 
major problem because the weapons were in a secure, guarded 
building and were clearly introduced into the region by 
someone other than the Georgians. 
 
2. (U) UNOMIG released a statement October 13 summarizing the 
results of the patrol (e-mailed to CARC), which they said 
covered a "substantial area" of Upper Kodori.  The statement 
said the patrol was informed that 550 Georgian law 
enforcement personnel were in Kodori; monitors checked the 
identity documents of some of these individuals, all of whom 
were found to work for the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  The 
monitors reported finding no deployed heavy weapons, although 
they did note that some of the weapons reportedly seized in 
the initial operation were heavy weapons; the statement cited 
six 120 mm mortars, six 82 mm mortars, a 76 mm anti-aircraft 
gun, an unserviceable ZSU 23-4 turret without a chassis, some 
MANPADS, and ammunition.  The monitors asked Georgian law 
enforcement authorities for an inventory of these weapons so 
that their disposal could be jointly monitored.  They called 
for regular patrolling of Kodori in order to sustain the 
transparency achieved through this patrol.  Press reports 
quoted CIS peacekeepers expressing concerns about what they 
described as large stockpiles of arms. 
 
TEFFT

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