08TBILISI483, SOUTH OSSETIANS AGAIN BLOCK WORK OF OSCE

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08TBILISI483 2008-03-20 13:17 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9133
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS TBILISI 000483 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR DAS BRYZA & EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PREL OSCE GG
SUBJECT: SOUTH OSSETIANS AGAIN BLOCK WORK OF OSCE 
 
1. (SBU) OSCE officials have described to us how 
representatives of the South Ossetian de facto army and de 
facto intelligence service stopped an OSCE/UN team March 19 
and confiscated cameras and video equipment.  OSCE intends to 
send a letter to de facto officials to protest this 
interference, which violates OSCE's status in the zone of 
conflict.  The incident occurred when the team was on the 
second day of a waste management assessment that had been 
requested by the de facto authorities themselves.  De facto 
and Tskhinvali city officials accompanied the team throughout 
the visit, and once the security services intercepted the 
OSCE/UN team, these officials began making phone calls in an 
apparent attempt to call the security services off.  OSCE 
suspects the security services were alerted to the team's 
presence by personnel at a nearby North Ossetian peacekeeping 
post.  During the incident the security services accused the 
OSCE/UN team of spying.  The South Ossetian office 
responsible for the Joint Control Commission later returned 
the cameras and equipment to OSCE. 
 
2. (SBU) OSCE believes the incident reflects a lack of 
coordination and control inside the de facto administration. 
It comes on the heels of another incident February 28 when a 
group of young men "verbally and physically abused" the 
Georgian and OSCE participants in a Joint Monitoring Team 
(consisting of the three sides of the Joint Peacekeeping 
Force -- Georgia, Russia, and North Ossetia -- plus OSCE) 
attempting to investigate an explosion at a de facto 
government building in Dmenisi.  The South Ossetian actions 
prevented any effective investigation of the bombing by OSCE 
and the cause of the explosion remains unclear.  Russian and 
North Ossetian JPKF observers did obtain access later and 
interviewed a witness, but they did not determine who was 
responsible for the explosion.  OSCE is concerned that these 
two incidents suggest an emerging pattern of harassment and 
interference in OSCE's work. 
 
3. (SBU) OSCE is also concerned about the recent detention of 
a number of local residents of the town of Java, in the north 
of South Ossetia, allegedly because of their connection to 
the Karkusov brothers, influential Java residents who are 
allied with the pro-Georgian Temporary Administrative Unit of 
Dmitry Sanakoyev.  ICRC officials told us March 19 that the 
de facto authorities had refused to permit ICRC to visit the 
detainees.  Allegedly two of the detainees were transferred 
from Russian to South Ossetian custody after they were 
initially detained in Vladikavkaz. 
 
PERRY

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