08TBILISI803, IAKOBASHVILI OUTLINES CIS PKF VIOLATIONS IN LETTER

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08TBILISI803 2008-05-15 13:07 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 TBILISI 000803 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: IAKOBASHVILI OUTLINES CIS PKF VIOLATIONS IN LETTER 
TO SRSG ARNAULT 
 
1.  Summary:  On May 2, State Minister for Conflict 
Resolution Temur Iakobashvili sent a letter (faxed to 
EUR/CARC) to Special Representative of the Secretary General 
(SRSG) Jean Arnault, with copies to the Group of Friends, 
outlining Russian violations of various CIS agreements 
resulting from Russian reinforcement of its peacekeepers in 
late April.  Iakobashvili called on the United Nations 
Observer Mission to Georgia (UNOMIG) to provide the Georgian 
government with an accurate count of the number of Russian 
military personnel and equipment recently added to the CIS 
PKF contingent and to report these Russian violations to the 
UN in New York. End Summary. 
 
2.  Begin text: 
 
State Minister of Georgia on Reintegration 
 
No. 4-6/184 
May 2, 2008 
 
Mr. Jean Arnault 
UN Secretary General 
Special Representative in Georgia 
 
Mr. Jean Arnault: 
 
As you are aware representatives of the CIS Collective 
Peacekeeping Forces deployed in the conflict zone April 30 
have augmented since April military equipment and personnel 
on Georgian territory. 
 
At the same time, we would like to notify you that the 
Georgian side was informed of the intention to augment 
military equipment and personnel by former CIS PKF Commander 
S. Chaban (reg. no. 576, April 29, 2008), whose mandate was 
not confirmed since 2006.  However, even in this letter was 
not indicated specifically when and what kind of military 
equipment and personnel was to be brought to the Georgian 
territory. 
 
It should be noted that the former CIS CPF Commander having 
no mandate was announced persona non grata in Georgia, which 
reaffirms unlawfulness of measures taken by S. Chaban on 
Georgian territory. 
 
We believe that in the light of Russia's unilateral 
initiatives in Abkhazia undesirable for Georgia, the 
concentration of Russia's augmented military equipment and 
personnel in the conflict zone is unacceptable. 
 
Besides that, from April 30 of this year the deployment of 
augmented CIS CPF military equipment and personnel violated 
the provisions of the following documents: 
 
1. Article 9 of CIS CPF Mandate of May 26, 1995: CIS CPF 
leadership's "interaction with recipient state bodies". 
 
2. Article 4 of Protocol "On the Status of Military Observers 
and CIS CPF" of May 15, 1992: "...large-scale redeployment of 
personnel, material and transportation means through 
airports, railways and roads is carried out in coordination 
with the recipient state government...". Georgia did not sign 
this protocol, but this is not an excuse for CIS CPF to avoid 
the performance of duties. 
 
3. Article 12, Part 2, of Protocol "On the Status of Military 
Observers and CIS CPF" of May 15, 1992: "...in accordance 
with this protocol the commander shall cooperate with the 
recipient state government and within the limits of his 
competence offer comprehensive assistance to protect the 
recipient state financial and customs rules on the part of 
group personnel". 
 
4. Article 26 of Regulation of January 19, 1996: "...abide by 
the recipient state laws". 
 
5. Article 26 of Regulation of January 19, 1996: 
"...transparency (openness of activities)". 
 
6. Chapter 1, Article 2 of "Instructions on Developing and 
Carrying Out Peacekeeping Operations in the CIS Countries" of 
October 3, 1997: "Openness of actions and intentions when 
conducting CIS peacekeeping operations...". 
 
7. Chapter 1, Article 2 of "Instructions on Developing and 
Carrying Out Peacekeeping Operations in the CIS Countries" of 
October 3, 1997: "Recognize the authority of local government 
which obliges CIS CPF personnel to respect recipient state 
habits and laws". 
 
 
TBILISI 00000803  002 OF 002 
 
 
8. Chapter 1, Article 24 of "Instructions on Developing and 
Carrying Out Peacekeeping Operations in the CIS Countries" of 
October 3, 1997: "Interaction with recipient state 
leadership". 
 
9. Chapter 1, Article 26 of "Instructions on Developing and 
Carrying Out Peacekeeping Operations in the CIS Countries" of 
October 3, 1997: (the rules of interaction with the recipient 
state leadership). 
 
Taking into account the above mentioned, we ask you to notify 
us in the shortest period of time, through the interaction 
with the CIS CPF, the number of Russian military personnel 
and equipment augmented in the conflict zone and specific 
territory they were located on. 
 
Besides that, please take relevant measures to prevent CIS 
CPF unauthorized redeployment and unlawful posts activities. 
Please notify the UN Headquarters in New York about the 
unlawful activities of the CIS CPF in Abkhazia, Georgia. 
 
Temur Iakobashvili 
State Minister 
 
Copies to: 
Ambassador of the U.
S. in Georgia Mr. John Tefft 
Ambassador of the U.K. in Georgia Mr. Dennis Keefe 
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Georgia Ms. 
Patricia Flor 
Ambassador of France in Georgia Mr. Eric Fournier 
Ambassador of Russia in Georgia Mr. Vyacheslav Kovalenko 
 
End text. 
TEFFT

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