07TBILISI2937, DAS BRYZA’S 13 NOVEMBER MEETING WITH GEORGIAN

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07TBILISI2937 2007-11-21 04:52 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO1815
RR RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #2937 3250452
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 210452Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8246
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 002937 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/15/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: DAS BRYZA'S 13 NOVEMBER MEETING WITH GEORGIAN 
ORTHODOX CHURCH  PATRIARCH ILIA II 
 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John Tefft, reason 1.4(b), and (d). 
 
 1. (C) Georgian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ilya II told EUR 
DAS Matthew Bryza on November 13 that the government should 
quickly lift the state of emergency and permit the reopening 
of Imedi TV.  The Patriarch traced the roots of the 2-7 
November street protests to social and economic discontent. 
The size of the protests reflected less the efforts of 
opposition leaders than the high level of unemployment, he 
concluded.  The Patriarch also suggested that new government 
efforts to reduce unemployment would help pacify the 
political situation. 
 
2. (C) While he expressed concern that the "categorical 
thinking" of some leaders could spark renewed conflict, the 
Patriarch voiced optimism that the country would now move 
toward a peaceful resolution of the crisis.  Imedi TV and 
other independent media can play a positive role in airing 
alternative views, said the Patriarch, but they must also 
exercise good judgment regarding the contents of their 
programming.  The Patriarch called for the planned January 
2008 presidential elections to be conducted in a transparent, 
democratic and free manner, and welcomed U.S. assistance in 
achieving this goal. 
 
3. DAS Bryza agreed with Patriarch Ilya's analysis, and 
congratulated the Patriarch on his constructive role in 
convening negotiations among Georgian opposition leaders and 
Speaker Burjanadze.  DAS Bryza also appealed to Patriarch 
Ilya for help in protecting Armenian church property, 
including resolution of property disputes and preventing 
further vandalism of Armenian churches (e.g. chiseling away 
Armenian writing and other symbols on church exteriors). 
Patriarch Ilya was non-committal in response. 
 
4. DAS Bryza has cleared this telegram. 
TEFFT

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