07TBILISI401, AMBASSADOR URGES GEORGIA TO AGREE TO JCC MEETING

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07TBILISI401 2007-02-28 14:41 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5509
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000401 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/27/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR URGES GEORGIA TO AGREE TO JCC MEETING 
 
REF: SECSTATE 23657 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT.  REASONS:  1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
1. (C)  Ambassador called on Deputy Foreign Minister 
Manjgaladze on February 27 to deliver reftel demarche urging 
the Georgians to agree on a date and time of a meeting of the 
Joint Control Commission (JCC) for South Ossetia.  Noting a 
recent press report on Georgian plans to invest 3.5 million 
USD in Georgian-controlled villages in South Ossetia, the 
Ambassador cautioned against actions which could elicit 
negative comparisons to Russia's unilateral investment in 
South Ossetia.  Manjgaladze responded that the Georgians 
would live up to their commitment to contribute to the OSCE 
Donors' Economic Rehabilitation Projects but defended 
Georgia's right to distribute state funds all over Georgia. 
He claimed that such investment is different from money 
coming into a sovereign country, without consent, from 
another country.  He asked if the U.S. would be providing 
specific comments on Georgia's Memorandum on South Ossetia 
and expressed concern over references to "the right to 
self-determination" when talking about Abkhazia.  End summary. 
 
2. (C) On February 27, Ambassador called on Deputy Foreign 
Minister (DFM) Giorgi Manjgaladze to deliver reftel demarche 
urging Georgia to agree to a date and a time for a meeting of 
the JCC.  Acknowledging that the JCC is stacked against 
Georgia, the Ambassador noted that failure to participate in 
the process would undermine Georgia's - and our - ability to 
gain European support to achieve Georgian goals such as 
broadening the negotiating format.  He noted that the Joint 
Peacekeeping Force (JPKF) Commander had referred the request 
for a checkpoint at Didi Gupta - something we and the 
Europeans had been pushing for - to the next JCC meeting. 
Going to the meeting would result in either moving ahead on 
this issue of vital importance, i.e. stopping the flow of 
weapons and contraband to South Ossetia, or making clear 
Russian and South Ossetian obstructionism. 
 
3. (C) Manjgaladze asked for feedback on the Georgian 
Memorandum on South Ossetia.  Drawing from talking points, 
the Ambassador said that the U.S. found many points in the 
Memorandum positive and consistent with efforts already 
underway but noted that this initiative would have the 
greatest resonance if presented against a backdrop of full 
cooperation on the part of Georgia within the JCC. 
Manjgaladze said he understood from Georgian counterparts in 
Vienna that there would be specific points of feedback; the 
Ambassador agreed to check but based on past exchanges with 
Washington, the U.S. view was overall positive, with the only 
caution from Washington being that the Georgians should be 
careful and flexible on how they deal with the issue of 
Sanakoyev.  He reiterated that this effort will be more 
successful if done in the context of Georgian cooperation 
within the JCC. 
 
4. (C) Noting a recent press report on a Georgian plan to 
invest 3.5 million USD in Georgian-controlled villages in 
South Ossetia, the Ambassador cautioned against actions which 
could elicit negative comparisons to Russia's unilateral 
investment in South Ossetia.  Manjgaladze responded that the 
Georgians would live up to their commitment to contribute to 
the OSCE Donors' Economic Rehabilitation Projects -- the 
first tranche of money was on its way to the OSCE -- but 
defended Georgia's right to distribute state funds all over 
Georgia, including to Georgian villages in South Ossetia.  He 
claimed that such investment is different from money coming 
into a sovereign country, without consent, from another 
country. 
 
5. (C) Turning to Abkhazia, Manjgaladze asked for 
clarification on U.S. statements in New York mentioning 
"territorial integrity" in Abkhazia alongside "the right to 
self-determination."  When pressed, he said that these 
statements were made privately to Georgian representatives in 
New York.  The Ambassador said he would follow-up but assured 
Manjgaladze that the U.S. policy has not changed:  the U.S. 
supports Georgia's territorial integrity within 
internationally recognized borders.  Manjgaladze offered that 
Georgia believes it will be necessary to have a blunt GUAM 
statement on the conflicts that reinforces the point of 
"territorial integrity" after the conclusion of the Kosovo 
process in order to reinforce that the Kosovo case is unique. 
TEFFT

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