07TBILISI1994, SOUTH OSSETIAN CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY IN TBILISI

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07TBILISI1994 2007-08-10 04:49 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO6693
OO RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #1994 2220449
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 100449Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7258
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001994 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/09/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM GG
SUBJECT: SOUTH OSSETIAN CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY IN TBILISI 
STYMIE JCC; CRIMINALS ATTACK BUS IN SOUTH OSSETIA 
 
REF: TBILISI 1940 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Mark X. Perry for reasons 1.4(b&d). 
 
1. (C) Building on previous accusations that the Georgians 
were plotting bombings and assassinations (reftel), South 
Ossetian de facto president Kokoity told a meeting of the 
"Union of Elders of South Ossetia and North Ossetia" on 
August 8 in Tskhinvali that Georgia was planning terrorist 
attacks, and claimed that an explosive device had recently 
been found in the home of Boris Chochiev, the South Ossetian 
co-chair of the Joint Control Commission (JCC).  (Note: OSCE 
officials have repeatedly told us they consider such 
outlandish South Ossetian claims to be propaganda for 
internal purposes.  End Note.)  Kokoity reiterated that the 
South Ossetian side had refused to attend a planned JCC 
meeting August 9-10 in Tbilisi because of security concerns, 
and expressed certainty that a "terrorist act" was being 
planned against Chochiev should he attend.  At the same time, 
Kokoity said he had requested a meeting with Georgian 
President Saakashvili to discuss an agreement on 
non-resumption of hostilities.  The Elders meeting was also 
attended by Pantelemon Giorgadze, leader of the Communist 
Party of Georgia and father of fugitive former Georgian 
Security Minister Igor Giorgadze. 
 
2. (U) Speaking in response to Kokoity's comments, Georgian 
State Minister for Conflict Resolution David Bakradze said 
Georgia was ready for a JCC meeting, and he called on the 
separatist authorities to change their rhetoric.  Russian JCC 
co-chair Yuri Popov was quoted as saying the timing for the 
next JCC meeting had been changed to the second half of 
September. 
 
3. (U) In another incident in separatist-controlled 
territory, near the village of Kokhati, an apparently 
criminal group stopped a passenger bus traveling from Vanati 
to the Georgian city of Gori, and physically and verbally 
assaulted a total of 12 passengers including children. 
Georgian media has given coverage to the incident. 
 
PERRY

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