07TBILISI1940, SOUTH OSSETIA: SHOOTINGS AND ACCUSATIONS

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07TBILISI1940 2007-08-06 11:14 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO2251
OO RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #1940 2181114
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 061114Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7196
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001940 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/06/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PREL OSCE GG
SUBJECT: SOUTH OSSETIA: SHOOTINGS AND ACCUSATIONS 
 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires, a.i., Mark X. Perry for reasons 1.4(b 
)&(d). 
 
1. (C) OSCE Political Advisor Gantcho Gantchev told us August 
6 that South Ossetian accusations of a Georgian "terrorist 
attack" August 3 should not be taken too seriously.  In the 
incident, a bomb reportedly exploded in Tskhinvali, damaging 
a gas station but causing no injuries.  The next day the 
South Ossetians announced they would not attend a Joint 
Control Commission (JCC) meeting planned for August 9-10 
unless it was held in Tskhinvali or Moscow.  The explosion 
came a few days after the South Ossetians had claimed to have 
defused two other explosive devices.  Gantchev said OSCE 
monitors were reporting that the incident did not appear 
serious, and he speculated that local "FSB or KGB" in South 
Ossetia had "developed it for propaganda" purposes.  He noted 
that the incident was conveniently timed to support the South 
Ossetians' claims that the security situation was not safe 
enough for them to attend the JCC meeting in Tbilisi August 
9-10.  Gantchev said that OSCE had not yet given up on the 
meeting, despite the South Ossetians' announcement they would 
not participate, and he expressed hope that visiting Russian 
envoy Yuri Popov would be able to get the JCC meeting back on 
track during consultations on August 6-7. 
 
2. (C) Gantchev also confirmed reports of a shooting incident 
August 4 in the area of Prisi in the conflict zone, which 
left one Ossetian and one Georgian wounded -- the Ossetian 
seriously.  Gantchev said it was not yet clear how the 
shooting started, but there were suspicions the initial 
firing came from South Ossetian positions close to the scene. 
 
PERRY

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