07TBILISI2024, GEORGIA: POTENTIAL POLISH MANPADS SALE TO GEORGIA

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07TBILISI2024 2007-08-13 11:22 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0006
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #2024 2251122
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 131122Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7285
INFO RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW IMMEDIATE 0147
RUEHSI/ALL NATO POST COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY 0035

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 002024 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/NCE BART PUTNEY, EUR/CARC ELIZABETH 
ROOD, EUR/PRA LISA BENTHIEN AND TIM KATSAPIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/13/2017 
TAGS: PARM MASS ETTC PGOV PREL GG PL
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: POTENTIAL POLISH MANPADS SALE TO GEORGIA 
DEMARCHE DELIVERED 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 112014 
 
     B. SECSTATE 72899 
     C. WARSAW 1625 
     D. WARSAW 1631 
 
Classified By: CHARGE D'AFFAIRES MARK X. PERRY FOR REASONS 1.4 (b) & (d 
) 
 
1. (U) On August 11 Charge delivered reftel demarche to 
Deputy Foreign Minister Nikoloz Vashakidze.  Foreign Minister 
Gela Bezhuashvili received the message from EUR Assistant 
Secretary Daniel Fried in a telephone conversation on August 
 
SIPDIS 
10. 
 
2. (U) Vashakidze responded that the MFA understood the US 
position from our previous demarche on this subject.  The MFA 
supports the US position; the message was passed, and as far 
as they knew the deal with Poland was stopped at that time. 
Charge responded it was our understanding that the deal with 
Poland was proceeding and that is why we are delivering the 
US position once again.  Charge said that he knew President 
Saakashvili is personally involved in this issue.  Charge 
offered that he would be happy to deliver the demarche to the 
President personally to be sure he fully understands the US 
position.  Vashakidze said that is not necessary; he would 
speak with Bezhuashvili right away and in turn, Bezhuashvili 
would discuss with the President.  Charge stressed how 
important this issue is to the US Government and requested 
that he get back to us with the Georgian Government,s 
response as soon as possible.  Charge was assured that 
Bezhuashvili would get back to us with the Georgian 
Government's response as soon as possible. 
 
3. (C) Vashakidze raised the Georgian Government,s concern 
about the MANPADS in the hands of separatist forces in South 
Ossetia and Abkhazia.  He said these have been supplied to 
them by the Russians.  He noted the irony that South Ossetian 
forces fired a MANPAD at a Russian aircraft in the August 6 
incident.  Vashakidze outlined four reasons why this has 
created a very dangerous situation:  the criminality of the 
South Ossetian de facto authorities, the lack of any known 
proper controls on the handling of these MANPADS, the fact 
that the South Ossetians have fired them at Georgian 
aircraft, and the fact that civilian air traffic routes pass 
very close to South Ossetian air space.  Vashakidze said the 
Georgians intend to raise this issue once again with the 
Russians. 
PERRY

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