07TBILISI405, UN TO USE UNOMIG RENEWAL TO MOVE SIDES FORWARD

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07TBILISI405 2007-03-01 15:33 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #0405 0601533
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 011533Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5512
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000405 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/28/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: UN TO USE UNOMIG RENEWAL TO MOVE SIDES FORWARD 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT.  REASONS:  1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
1. (C)  On February 27, UN Special Representative to the 
Secretary General (SRSG) for Georgia Jean Arnault briefed the 
 
SIPDIS 
Friends of the Secretary General (FSG) on UN plans to use the 
April 15 deadline for renewal of the UN Observer Mission in 
Georgia (UNOMIG) to push the sides to fulfill their 
obligations under UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 
1716.  On the Abkhaz side, he planned to press for opening 
the UN Human Rights Office (HRO) in Gali, allowing additional 
UN Civilian Police (CIVPOL) in Gali, and allowing instruction 
in Georgian in Gali.  On the Georgian side, he planned to 
push for three issues on Upper Abkhazia:  more joint 
patrolling, reduction of police, and an accounting of the 
heavy weaponry left by warlord Kvitsiani.  He also planned to 
press for an airtight regime of notification and verification 
with the Georgians of everything moving into Upper Abkhazia. 
He hoped to have this agenda accomplished by the end of 
March, when the Mission would need to submit its report to 
the UN, and asked for the Friends support with the sides. 
End summary. 
 
2. (C) At a meeting convened by the German Chair of the 
Friends of the Secretary General, UN SRSG Jean Arnault 
briefed the representatives of the Friends (Ambassador Tefft 
(U.S.), Ambassador MacLaren (UK), DCM Fabienne Drout-Lozinski 
(France) Ambassador Flor (Germany) and Ambassador Kovalenko 
(Russia)) on UN plans to use the April 15 deadline for UNOMIG 
renewal to push the sides to fulfill their obligations under 
UNSCR 1716.  He noted that some things were impossible to 
conclude by the deadline, including signing the document on 
the non-use of force and return of internally displaced 
persons (IDPs) as well as a high level meeting between 
President Saakashvili and de facto president Bagapsh.  But 
others, he thought, were possible to conclude before the 
Mission must submit its report to the UN by the end of March. 
 These included: 
 
-- On the Abkhaz side, he would press for the opening of the 
UN HRO in Gali, allowing additional UN CIVPOL in Gali, 
allowing instruction in Georgian in Gali, and guaranteeing 
residency rights for ethnic Georgians living there. 
 
-- On the Georgian side, he would push for three items with 
regard to Upper Abkhazia:  further joint CIS-UNOMIG 
patrolling, which he said had been agreed at a meeting that 
day for an extended two-day patrol the week of March 5 (he 
did not expect the Abkhaz to join this patrol because of its 
proximity to the Abkhaz parliamentary elections March 4); 
further rationalization of Georgian police forces, where he 
assessed there was room for additional downsizing from the 
estimated force of 250 officers; and an accounting of the 
weaponry left by warlord Emzar Kvitsiani, which he said 
included heavy weapons such as anti-aircraft artillery.  He 
planned also to press for an airtight notification and 
verification regime with Georgia for everything moving into 
Upper Abkhazia from Zugdidi. 
 
3. (C) Arnault asked that the Friends reinforce these 
requests with the Georgians and the Abkhaz in order to take 
advantage of the deadline posed by the UNOMIG mandate 
renewal.  He thought that a message that responding to these 
requests would help contribute to a good UNSCR would have 
resonance with the parties, as they would be able to go to 
the renewal as parties in good standing with the UN. 
 
4. (C) Arnault also updated on other outstanding issues in 
response to questions.  On the UN HRO, he said that he hoped 
to have two UN Human Rights Officers in permanent offices in 
Gali by the week of March 5, and that he might suggest that 
the Friends travel there to inaugurate the new office.  On 
the Georgian appointment to the Quadripartite Meetings, he 
said that he has received different names from different 
offices in the Georgian Government and hoped this would be 
resolved soon.  On the UNHCR strategy, he said that initial 
indications from the Georgians were not positive - the 
current position is that the strategy can go forward without 
IDP verification (counting) - but argued against focus on 
this issue at this time.  In response to a question, he said 
the Abkhaz are convinced the security incidents in Gali are 
the result of a Georgian Government backed operation, 
although the UN has no way to confirm or deny this 
allegation. 
TEFFT

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