07TBILISI1450, MOJ TAKES OVER IMPLEMENTATION OF SOUTH OSSETIAN

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07TBILISI1450 2007-06-15 12:50 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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UNCLAS TBILISI 001450 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/CARC, DRL, PRM (NANCY IRIS) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM PREF GG
SUBJECT: MOJ TAKES OVER IMPLEMENTATION OF SOUTH OSSETIAN 
RESTITUTION LAW 
 
REF: TBILISI 826 
 
1.  This cable contains an action request.  Please see 
paragraph 5. 
 
2.  In late May, Minister of Justice Gia Kavtaradze and 
influential majoritarian Parliamentarian Giga Bokeria assumed 
responsibility for implementing the South Ossetian 
Restitution Law, replacing State Minister for Civil 
Integration Zinaida Bestaeva following her unsuccessful 
attempts to establish a Restitution Commission.  At a May 28 
meeting with representatives from the European Commission, 
Council of Europe, OSCE, UNHCR, and the U.S. Embassy, both 
Kavtaradze and Bokeria stressed the need for the 
international community to nominate three international 
experts for the Restitution Commission, the essential first 
step in establishing the Commission and implementing the 
Restitution Law (reftel). 
 
3.  During the meeting, the Council of Europe informed the 
group that it had identified an expert for nomination, but 
said they would withhold the nomination until two other 
experts could be found.  UNHCR and OSCE recused themselves 
from nominating an expert, saying that it would be outside 
their mandate, but volunteered to provide the names and CV's 
of experts for other international organizations to nominate. 
 Representatives from the EC and U.S. Embassy said they may 
be able to nominate an expert, but would need to clarify any 
legal issues before committing.   Bokeria said that Prime 
Minister Noghaideli has allocated 100,000 Georgian lari (USD 
59,500) toward the initial start-up costs of the Commission, 
but noted that the Georgian government expected the bulk of 
the funding for the Commission's work and the cost of 
restitution claims to come from international donors. 
 
4.  Comment:  The replacement of Bestaeva by Kavtaradze and 
Bokeria is a good move by the Georgian government, placing 
most of the responsibility for implementing the law with the 
Ministry of Justice, where it belongs.  According to the 
Restitution Law, the Commission should have been formed by 
the end of May, five months from the date the Law went into 
force.  The fact that Bestaeva was replaced by two other 
government officials (one of whom is an influential 
parliamentarian and a key advisor to the President) for her 
failure to meet this deadline indicates that the Georgian 
government is serious in its commitment to implement the law 
and provide restitution to those displaced by the 
Georgian-Ossetian conflict.  End Comment. 
 
5.  Action Request:  Post requests Department guidance on the 
legality of Post nominating an independent international 
expert to the Commission. 
TEFFT

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