07TBILISI3049, STATE MINISTER BAKRADZE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN

WikiLeaks Link

To understand the justification used for the classification of each cable, please use this WikiSource article as reference.
Discussing cables
If you find meaningful or important information in a cable, please link directly to its unique reference number. Linking to a specific paragraph in the body of a cable is also possible by copying the appropriate link (to be found at theparagraph symbol).Please mark messages for social networking services like Twitter with the hash tags #cablegate and a hash containing the reference ID e.g. #07TBILISI3049.
Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07TBILISI3049 2007-12-07 12:52 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO6407
OO RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #3049 3411252
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 071252Z DEC 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8400
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 003049 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/07/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PREL GG
SUBJECT: STATE MINISTER BAKRADZE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN 
ABKHAZIA AND SOUTH OSSETIA 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) & (d) 
 
1. (C) State Minister for Conflict Resolution David Bakradze 
briefed the diplomatic corps December 6 on his taking leave 
of absence to become spokesperson for the presidential 
campaign of Saakashvili and the United National Movement 
party for the January 5 election.  Georgian law allows a 
minister to participate in a campaign provided he takes leave 
from his government position.  Deputy State Minister Ruslan 
Abashidze is in charge while Bakradze is on leave. 
 
2. (C) Bakradze updated the diplomatic corps on the situation 
in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  He emphasized that Georgia 
wants to keep the situation in both separatist areas as calm 
as possible during the election period and assured us that 
Georgia plans no actions that could increase tensions. 
Regarding Abkhazia, Bakradze said he called de facto foreign 
minister Shamba last week and communicated through an 
intermediary with de facto president Bagapsh to deny Russian 
allegations that Georgia plans an attack on December 12 and 
to convey the message that Georgia wants no problems. 
Bakradze said Bagapsh agreed there should be no trouble 
during this period and both agreed to communicate if concerns 
arise.  Regarding Bagapsh's recent imposition of a state of 
emergency and statement that the Abkhaz will acquire more 
military hardware, Bakradze said Georgia isn,t very 
concerned.  He said the Abkhaz armed forces are so poorly 
trained and led that a few more heavy weapons wouldn,t make 
much difference.  He did express concern that this could be 
used as cover for Russia to move more military hardware into 
Abkhazia.  He stressed that the Georgians have no evidence 
this is happening, at this point it is only a concern. 
 
3. (C) Bakradze complained about the statement by Member of 
Russian Duma Gryzlov that in January the Duma would consider 
Abkhaz and South Ossetian declarations of independence.  He 
said the statement is especially troubling because Gryzlov is 
a serious politician and a member of Putin,s circle. 
Bakradze said the statement impedes the peace process because 
it reduces the incentive of the de facto authorities in 
Abkhazia and South Ossetia to negotiate. 
 
4. (C) In response to a comment that Saakashvili,s recent 
public statements about resolving the conflicts soon are 
inflammatory, Bakradze said Saakashvili,s statements were 
mischaracterized.  On Abkhazia, Saakashvili said the IDPs 
would be returning soon, which has long been a shared goal of 
Georgia and the international community and is not 
inconsistent with peaceful resolution of the conflict. 
Georgia wants to increase emphasis on developing a framework 
for IDP return to all parts of Abkhazia, not just the Gali 
district; not all at once but in accordance with a plan. 
What's important is that the process should start.  On South 
Ossetia, Saakashvili,s statement that the conflict could be 
resolved soon is not a threat but is recognition of the 
situation on the ground.  Developments within South Ossetia 
have created a situation in which the de facto authorities 
could disappear at any time; it could take weeks, it could 
take months.  He used the analogy of a baby's loose tooth: 
Georgia has been wiggling it and knows how loose it is, but 
will let it fall rather than pull it out. 
 
5. (C) Bakradze reiterated Georgia,s support for the concept 
of a comprehensive UN review of the Abkhazia negotiating 
framework.  He recently told UNOMIG chief Jean Arnault that 
the period of election is not a good time to push the idea, 
but in January we should return to it.  In a meeting Arnault 
held on December 5 with the Western Group of Friends missions 
in Tbilisi, all agreed it is important to pursue the UN 
review as a way to seize initiative and build momentum on 
conflict resolution, but this isn,t the right moment to push 
in Tbilisi or Moscow.  The UN review concept will be on the 
agenda for discussion at the UNSYG Group of Friends meeting 
in Oslo next week. 
 
TEFFT

Wikileaks

Advertisements
Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: