06TBILISI2937, KVITSIANI ON FIRING IN UPPER KODORI: I DID IT

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06TBILISI2937 2006-11-02 14:32 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO7653
OO RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #2937 3061432
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 021432Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4553
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 002937 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/02/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: KVITSIANI ON FIRING IN UPPER KODORI: I DID IT 
 
REF: TBILISI 2915 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4(b)&(d). 
 
1. (U) Abkhaz television broadcast November 1 a video, 
quickly picked up on Georgian channels, in which ousted Upper 
Kodori warlord Emzar Kvitsiani took responsibility for the 
October 25 missile attack near the Georgian village of Azhara 
during the visit of Georgian Minister of Internal Affairs 
Vano Merabishvili.  Kvitsiani, appearing in a wooded area 
dressed in camouflage and sunglasses, said he and his 
followers would continue to fight against the Georgian 
government, which ended Kvitsiani's rule in the area in a 
brief operation in July.  In the video, Kvitsiani said "The 
incident which took place on October 24-25 was once again to 
remind you of us and that we have not left Kodori and we do 
not intend to leave.  Therefore, I once again want to tell 
you, my dear fellow countrymen, that there were no foreigners 
there.  It was a clash between us and the forces of the 
current fascist state -- not state, government -- of 
Saakashvili.  Therefore we once again gave a warning, by 
actions rather than words." 
 
2. (C) Comment: UNOMIG's report (reftel) made a compelling 
case that the three missiles had not come from the 
Abkhaz-controlled Tkvarcheli district, as originally 
reported, but from the mountainside on the southern ridge of 
the Kodori Gorge overlooking Azhara.  It is quite plausible 
that a group of Kvitsiani's supporters infiltrated this 
rugged, largely unoccupied area.  It is also plausible that 
they had access to GRAD missiles and improvised launchers. 
The Georgians seized a number of such weapons in the July 
operation, and Kvitsiani supporters may have kept some of 
their stocks hidden away to continue the struggle.  End 
Comment. 
 
TEFFT

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