08TBILISI18, TBILISI EMERGENCY ACTION COMMITTEE MEETINGS

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08TBILISI18 2008-01-04 13:15 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

R 041315Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 8567
INFO AMEMBASSY BAKU 
AMEMBASSY YEREVAN

UNCLAS TBILISI 000018 
 
SIPDIS 
 
BT 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
DEPT FOR DS/IP/EUR; BAKU AND YEREVAN FOR RSO 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ASEC GG
SUBJECT: TBILISI EMERGENCY ACTION COMMITTEE MEETINGS 
 
 
1.  (SBU) On December 30, 2007 and January 4, 2008, Post 
convened Emergency Action Committee meetings in preparation 
for the January 5 election for the Georgian presidency.  The 
EAC acknowledged that polling place disruptions during the 
elections, and civil unrest after the election remain 
possibilities.  Although no specific threats of violence have 
come to light, Georgian police remain concerned about the 
possibility of small arms weapons being brought to 
demonstrations by demonstrators during or after the 
elections. 
 
2.  (SBU) The EAC agreed that several measures would be put 
into place.  Given the tendency for the cell phone system to 
become unreliable around holiday periods, embassy radios will 
be at the ready for use as a backup means of communications. 
IMO will also conduct refresher briefings for all that 
request. 
 
3.  (SBU) A warden message was issued on January 4, 2008 
warning Americans to exercise caution if they encounter 
rallies and demonstrations associated with the election due 
to the potential for escalating into violence. 
 
4.  (SBU) A training session for all US Embassy election 
observers took place on January 3, 2008 with a portion 
dedicated to the RSO to relay security procedures. 
 
5.  (SBU) Two armored vehicles will be dedicated to the 
congressional delegation of Reps. Alcee Hastings and Rep. 
Lloyd Doggett who will be participating in election 
monitoring activities. 
 
6.  (SBU) IMO will make available satellite phones for 
observation teams traveling to remote locations. 
 
7.  (SBU) The DCM, Pol/Econ, and USAID will be physically 
present and available on election day - Saturday, January 5, 
2008 - to field reports from the observer teams and relay 
appropriate developments to Washington, DC. 
 
8.  (SBU) DAO will relay to the Marine Security Guard who and 
where special DAO observers will be deploying in reaction to 
developments. 
TEFFT

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