07TBILISI2771, TBILISI PROTESTS: SITREP NO.2

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07TBILISI2771 2007-11-07 13:25 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0016
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #2771 3111325
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 071325Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8125

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 002771 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/CARC AND OPERATIONS CENTER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/07/2017 
TAGS: PGOV GG
SUBJECT: TBILISI PROTESTS: SITREP NO.2 
 
REF: TBILISI 2762 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft, reason 1.4(b) and (d). 
 
1.  (U) As of 1700 local time, the street in front of the 
Georgian Parliament remains clear after riot police used tear 
gas to clear the area that has been the scene of continuous 
anti-government demonstrations, on the morning of November 7 
(reftel).  The scene of protest has moved to the opposite 
side of the river, away from the Parliament.  Other areas of 
the city are basically normal.  Demonstrators have made no 
serious effort to return to the area of the Parliament 
building and there have been no reports of any deaths and or 
serious injuries to protesters or police. 
 
2.  (C) The Ambassador met with Davit Usupashvili, Republican 
Party, and Salome Zourabichvili, Georgia's Way on the 
afternoon of November 7.  They reviewed the events of the 
day, at which Usupashvili was present.  The two opposition 
leaders once again pressed the Ambassador to take a public 
position in favor of holding early elections.  The Ambassador 
insisted that it is not possible for the USG to take a 
position on the timing of elections, the date for which was 
set by a legitimately elected parliament.  We had made this 
clear to the opposition from the beginning, he said.  He 
assured Usupashvili and Zourabichvili that we have 
recommended changes to the electoral law and repeatedly 
emphasized the importance of strong opposition and dialogue 
on the issues.  He reminded them that the best solution to 
the problem will be one worked out by the Georgians 
themselves.  Usupashvili indicated that the moderate 
opposition, at least, may be ready to compromise on the 
election timing issue.  He and Zourabichvili then hurriedly 
left for a meeting with Burjanadze. 
TEFFT

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