08TBILISI67, DEMARCHE DELIVERED – RESOLVING KOSOVO,S STATUS IN

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08TBILISI67 2008-01-17 07:52 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO4593
OO RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #0067 0170752
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 170752Z JAN 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8624
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEHPS/USOFFICE PRISTINA 0024
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 4618
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE 2156
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 3947
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000067 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/17/2018 
TAGS: PGOV PREL GG
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED - RESOLVING KOSOVO,S STATUS IN 
EARLY 2008 - GEORGIA WORRIES ABOUT RUSSIAN RESPONSE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 01087 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT FOR REASONS 1.4 (b) & (d) 
 
1. (C)  DCM delivered demarche as requested by reftel to 
Deputy Foreign Minister Gogi Manjgaladze on January 15. 
Manjgaladze welcomed the update on the anticipated process 
and timing for resolving Kosovo,s status.  Manjgaladze said 
the MFA has not yet formulated a plan for how to respond to a 
Kosovar declaration of independence and noted that Georgia is 
in a unique position considering Russia,s threat to respond 
by recognizing declarations of independence by the separatist 
authorities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 
 
2. (C)   Manjgaladze said the political situation in Moscow 
is very dynamic, making it difficult to judge whether Russia 
would deliver on its threat.  The Georgians are especially 
concerned in the current environment, where Russia judges 
that its aggressive policy has succeeded in driving Georgia 
to political crisis and weakening the government.  According 
to Manjgaladze, the perception of weakness in Georgia could 
encourage Moscow to further efforts to destabilize Georgia, 
possibly including recognition of independent Abkhazia and 
South Ossetia. 
 
3.  (C)  Manjgaladze said Georgia would welcome actions from 
the U.S. and Europe to discourage Russia from recognizing 
independent Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the wake of U.S. 
recognition of Kosovo.  First, he encouraged the U.S. and 
European countries to prepare a clear statement to be 
delivered at the highest level against destabilizing the 
situation in the Caucasus by recognizing independence of 
separatist regions in Georgia.  Second, Manjgaladze requested 
that the U.S. support adoption at the UN of the GUAM 
Resolution on Protracted Conflicts.  He said our active 
support for the resolution would send a strong signal on the 
principle of territorial integrity in the frozen conflicts of 
Georgia and other GUAM member states. 
TEFFT

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