07TBILISI2389, ABKHAZ CONTINUE TO BLOCK UN MISSION TO ASSESS

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07TBILISI2389 2007-09-21 09:45 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 TBILISI 002389 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/21/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: ABKHAZ CONTINUE TO BLOCK UN MISSION TO ASSESS 
MONITORING IN KODORI, WHILE CHECHEN FIGHTERS JOIN PKF 
 
REF: A. TBILISI 2305 
 
     B. TBILISI 2043 
     C. TBILISI 2170 
 
Classified By: CDA Mark X. Perry, for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C)  Summary:  On September 18, the Ambassador attended a 
Tbilisi meeting of the Group of Friends of the Secretary 
General, minus Russia, for a discussion of the situation in 
Abkhazia ahead of a planned Group of Friends meeting in 
Berlin on September 19.  Special Representative of the 
Secretary General (SRSG) Jean Arnault told the Friends that 
 
SIPDIS 
Abkhaz de-facto president Sergei Bagapsh continues to deny 
access to a UN technical team seeking to assess deployment of 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and artillery radar in the 
Upper Kodori gorge (ref.A).  All of the Friends agreed that 
it was essential to tell the Russians and Abkhaz that it was 
unacceptable to block the United Nations Observer Mission to 
Georgia (UNOMIG) recommendations to enhance UNOMIG capability 
in Upper Kodori.  Arnault also said that UNOMIG has confirmed 
the presence of experienced Chechen fighters as part of the 
CIS peacekeeping force as has been previously alleged by the 
Georgian government.  Arnault expressed rising concern as the 
time for a decision on Kosovo independence approaches.  He 
said he would raise with the Friends in Berlin the 
possibility of urging the Georgians to make concrete 
proposals to the Abkhaz on what "fullest autonomy" within 
Georgia would mean.  End Summary. 
 
Bagapsh again denies access to UN team 
-------------------------------------- 
 
2.  (C)  Arnault told the Friends that Bagapsh has denied for 
a second time access to Abkhazia for a UN technical team to 
assess deployment of UAVs and artillery radar in the Kodori 
gorge.  Both measures were recommended by UNOMIG following 
the March 11 incident in Kodori to monitor airspace in the 
Georgian-controlled valley.  Arnault said that Bagapsh's 
refusal was troubling because both de-facto foreign minister 
Sergei Shamba and the Abkhaz MOD had recommended allowing the 
team in.  He said Bagapsh's refusal implies that Bagapsh and 
the Russians do not want UNOMIG in Kodori.  All of the 
Friends agreed that it was essential to tell both the 
Russians and the Abkhaz that it was unacceptable to block the 
UNOMIG recommendations to enhance UNOMIG capability in the 
Kodori gorge.  German Ambassador Flor said she thought the 
Western Friends should send a broader message on Abkhazia to 
the Russians, as conflict seemed to be looming by the end of 
the year.  All agreed.  The French Ambassador said that he 
had heard the talking points prepared for French FM 
Kouchner's September 18 meeting with Russian FM Lavrov in 
Moscow warned that France would consider recognizing Chechen 
independence if Russia recognizes Abkhaz independence.  The 
French Ambassador said he did not know if Kouchner had 
actually used that talking point. 
 
UNOMIG confirms Chechen fighters among CIS PKF 
--------------------------------------------- - 
 
3.  (C)  Arnault told the Friends that UNOMIG has confirmed 
the presence of experienced Chechen fighters among the ranks 
of the CIS peacekeepers.  (Note: Chechen support is believed 
to be an important factor in the Abkhaz victory in the 
1992-93 war against Georgia.)  UNOMIG's finding validates 
earlier Georgian allegations that Chechen fighters are 
involved in the the CIS PKF.  UNOMIG military commander 
General Khattak had discounted these allegations when they 
were first made by the GOG. 
 
Arnault to urge Georgians to offer Abkhaz concrete proposals 
--------------------------------------------- --------------- 
 
4.  (C)  Arnault said he would raise with the Friends in 
Berlin the possibility of urging the Georgians to make 
concrete proposals to the Abkhaz, spelling out in some detail 
what "the fullest autonomy" actually would mean.  He said 
that it may be too late, but thought that an upcoming October 
meeting in Uppsala, Sweden between the Georgians and the 
Abkhaz could be a forum for discussing such a proposal. 
Arnault said that Shamba told him that he expects that within 
six months of Russian recognition of Abkhaz independence, 
Russia will ask the Abkhaz to request incorporation into 
Russia.  He seemed to think the Abkhaz have a reason to work 
with the Georgians, although he said he did not know if they 
still had freedom to maneuver (as evidenced by Bagapsh's 
refusal to allow UNOMIG to expand its capabilities in the 
Upper Kodori).  Arnault said that he was concerned that 
President Saakashvili would find his hand forced by events, 
should Russia or the Abkhaz attempt to take control of the 
Upper Kodori or force Georgians out of Gali in an ethnic 
 
TBILISI 00002389  002 OF 002 
 
 
cleansing campaign.  He quoted Saakashvili as saying that 
Georgia could not stand by if Georgian refugees started 
streaming across the Enguri river again. 
PERRY

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