07TBILISI855, DEMARCHE REPLY: GEORGIA LOOKS FOR USG SUPPORT TO

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07TBILISI855 2007-04-18 13:26 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHSI #0855 1081326
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 181326Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6090
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHLMC/MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION PRIORITY

UNCLAS TBILISI 000855 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
EUR/CACEN, IO/T FOR GUINNEVERE ROBERTS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SENV TPHY WMO GG
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE REPLY: GEORGIA LOOKS FOR USG SUPPORT TO 
UPDATE WEATHER SERVICE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 047359 
 
1. On April 17, Econoff delivered reftel talking points as a 
non-paper and solicited GoG views on the World Meterological 
Organization (WMO) Congress.  Econoff met with Ramaz 
Tchitanava, head of the Hydrometeorological Department of the 
Ministry of Environment Protection, Irakli Machitizdze of the 
MFA America's desk, and Zurab Dvalishvili, the Department of 
Global Affairs Deputy Director.  When Econoff asked if 
Georgia plans to provide extrabudgetary support for the 
proposed WMO conference, Tchitanava appeared amused and said 
Georgia can hardly pay its required dues and has lost its 
voting rights because of its WMO debts.  He expressed hope 
that Georgia could start to repay its debts this year in 
order to regain voting privileges.  Regarding the German 
proposal for convention change, Tchitanava said the Germans 
have not approached Georgia for support. 
 
2. Tchitanava sees the WMO as a useful venue to improve the 
Georgian weather service.  He expressed interest in US 
support for a WMO proposal to establish a Caucasus Center 
Against Desertification, which he said would be similar to a 
regional center in Slovenia.  During the May WMO Congress in 
Geneva, he will discuss plans for the center with his 
Azerbaijan and Armenia counterparts.  He then asked if 
Georgia might receive the second-hand technlogical equipment 
that the U.S. and other wealthier countries no longer need. 
He reasoned that since Georgia is using decades-old 
equipment, two- and three-year old equipment would be warmly 
welcomed in Georgia. 
TEFFT

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