07TBILISI1279, PARLIAMENTARIANS OUTLINE GEORGIA’S REFORMS,

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07TBILISI1279 2007-06-01 04:23 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 TBILISI 001279 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/31/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM ECON ENRG GG RU
SUBJECT: PARLIAMENTARIANS OUTLINE GEORGIA'S REFORMS, 
CHALLENGES AHEAD 
 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
 1. (C) Summary: During a meeting with Deputy National 
Security Advisor to the Vice President Joseph Wood, key 
ruling party and opposition parliamentarians outlined planned 
internal reforms and weighed the challenges ahead.  While 
citing strong progress, MPs admitted more work needs to be 
done in developing the strength and independence of the 
judiciary, maintaining stable economic growth, and ensuring 
energy security.  On foreign affairs, the MPs were very 
positive on the recent election of French President Sarkozy, 
who they see as a supporter of Georgia's NATO bid, which they 
say is being unfairly hindered by European intransigence. 
They noted Saakashvili would be on of Sarkozy's first 
official visitors in early June.  They were of different 
minds as to who would be the next President of Russia, though 
most agree that new Russian leadership is unlikely to improve 
relations.  End Summary. 
 
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Judicial Reform 
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2. (C) During a May 28 meeting with Wood and Ambassador, key 
ruling party and opposition parliamentarians outlined 
Georgia's reform successes to date and weighed the challenges 
ahead.  Giga Bokeria, deputy chair of the legal committee and 
a close advisor to President Saakashvili, cited progress on 
judicial reform, including finalization of a new criminal 
procedure code, the removal of executive branch power over 
the High Council of Justice (HCJ), the judiciary's 
disciplinary body, and the development of a High School of 
Justice as the judiciary's certifying and educational body. 
He acknowledged that work needs to be done to increase the 
strength and independence of the judiciary, particularly by 
passing a ban on ex parte communications. 
 
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Economy and Energy 
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3. (C) Lado Potava, a National Movement MP from the economic 
development committee, said that GDP growth remains strong 
despite a continuing economic blockade from Russia.  He said 
the government is implementing a sound monetary policy and 
has balanced the budget.  Inflation remains a problem 
however, threatening both the economy and public opinion 
ahead of the 2008 Parliamentary and Presidential elections. 
Ivliane Khaindrava, an opposition Republican party MP from 
the euro-atlantic integration committee, stressed that the 
government needs to pass and fairly implement protections for 
private property in order to encourage domestic and foreign 
investment.  He noted that the U.S. was the top foreign 
direct investor in Georgia in 2006. 
 
4. (C) Jemal Inaishvili, the vice-speaker of Parliament, said 
that energy security is still a significant issue for the 
economy, adding that "energy independence for Georgia means 
independence from the Russian market."  Bokeria seconded that 
point and encouraged the U.S. to engage with the leaders of 
Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to revive efforts toward a 
Trans-Caspian energy pipeline.  He said that President 
Saakashvili had been successful in forging a more cooperative 
relationship between leaders in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, 
but greater engagement from the west is necessary to advance 
this project. 
 
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Sarkozy and NATO 
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5. (C) The MPs were unanimously encouraged by the recent 
election of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who they see as 
key to advancing Georgia's NATO bid, which they believe is 
being unfairly blocked by European intransigence.  Nino 
Nakashidze, Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations committee, 
announced that Saakashvili's planned trip to France in early 
June, would be the first official visit by a foreign leader 
since Sarkozy's election.  Bokeria called Sarkozy an 
"Atlanticist" whose new foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, 
would force the French MFA to give Georgia a "fair shot" at 
NATO integration. 
 
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Russian Elections 
----------------- 
 
6. (C) Chair of the foreign relations committee Kote 
Gabashvili, began a discussion on the upcoming elections in 
Russia by stating that he believes Putin will "find some way" 
to remain President for another term.  Others disagreed with 
this, some predicting it would be Medvedev and others Ivanov. 
 
TBILISI 00001279  002 OF 002 
 
 
 Inaishvili is convinced that Governor of St. Petersburg 
Valentina Matvienko, is a strong candidate to be the next 
President of Russia because she "can be easily controlled by 
inside forces." Despite disagreement over who would be the 
next Russian President, nearly all the MPs remain convinced 
that new leadership to the north is unlikely to improve 
Russian-Georgian relations. 
 
7. (C) OVP Deputy National Security Advisor Joseph Wood did 
not have an opportunity t
o clear this cable. 
TEFFT

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