08TBILISI905, GEORGIAN PRESENTS ITS DEMANDS TO RUSSIA FOLLOWING

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08TBILISI905 2008-05-30 13:46 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO7215
PP RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #0905/01 1511346
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 301346Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9526
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 TBILISI 000905 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/31/2018 
TAGS: PREL PGOV MOPS GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIAN PRESENTS ITS DEMANDS TO RUSSIA FOLLOWING 
UNOMIG REPORT ON APRIL 20 SHOOT-DOWN OF GEORGIAN UAV 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft, for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C) In a May 27 meeting with the Ambassador, Deputy 
Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze delivered a non-paper (faxed 
to EUR/CARC) outlining Georgia's planned response to Russia 
in the wake of the United Nations Observer Mission to Georgia 
(UNOMIG) fact finding report on the April 20 shoot-down of a 
Georgian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Abkhazia.  The 
UNOMIG report concluded that a Russian military jet was 
responsible for shooting down the UAV.  Vashadze told the 
Ambassador that he had called in the Russian Ambassador 
earlier in the day and demanded the following: 1. Russia pay 
material damages for the loss of the UAV; 2. Russia allow 
international inspection of the Gudauta military base; 3. 
Russia make an official, public apology for shooting down the 
UAV; 4. Russia withdraw its paratrooper battalion and 
equipment from Abkhazia; and 5. Russia reinstate military and 
economic sanctions on Abkhazia and repeal President Putin's 
instructions allowing for closer, official ties between 
Russian government officials and Abkhaz de-facto authorities. 
 On this last point Vashadze said he had told the Russian 
Ambassador that it would be sufficient if Russia publicly 
announced that it would not implement the Putin instructions. 
 
2.  (U) Text of non-paper 
 
Begin text: 
 
N6/2792-12 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia presents its 
complements to the Embassy of the United States of America in 
Georgia and has the honour to inform about the following: 
 
With regard to the shooting down of an unarmed UAV of the 
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, the United Nations 
Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) established a Fact 
Finding Team.  Following the work carried out by the FFT, a 
final report was released by UNOMIG on 26 May 2008. 
 
The Fact Finding Team of UNOMIG concluded that the video 
footage and radar data provided by the Georgian side are 
authentic.  The report also concludes that the distinctive 
configuration of the jet aircraft seen on the video clearly 
indicates that it was either a MIG-29 "Fulcrum" or a SU-27 
"Flanker". 
 
Based on the authentication of the radar record, the FFT 
could confirm that the jet aircraft headed north toward 
Maykop/Krasnodar into the Russian airspace following the 
downing of the UAV of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of 
Georgia.  The FFT concluded that the aircraft belonged to the 
Russian Air Force.  The FFT indicated that the jet aircraft 
could possibly take off from the airfield of the Gudauta 
military base. 
 
The FFT concludes that the 1994 Moscow Agreement provides 
only for the CIS PKF and no one else to perform the 
separation of forces, and therefore, the enforcement actions 
by third parties - in this case the Russian Federation - in 
the zone of conflict is fundamentally inconsistent with the 
Moscow Agreement and, aside from possible considerations 
under international law, undercuts the ceasefire and 
separation of forces regime. 
 
Apart from it, by conducting the aforementioned action on the 
territory of Georgia, the Russian Federation violated 
Paragraph 4, Article 2 of the UN Charter, which prohibits use 
of force against the territorial integrity of any state.  At 
the same time, this represents an act of aggression according 
to the Paragraph b, Article 3 of the Annex to the 1974 UN 
General Assembly Resolution on Definition of Aggression. 
 
Downing of the Georgian UAV on 20 April 2008 is a 
continuation of the Russian Federation's policy to annex 
inalienable parts of Georgia - Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region. 
 
Since in its report UNOMIG notes the possibility of military 
aircraft's presence on the airfield of the Gudauta military 
base, it is obvious that an international inspection of this 
base is necessary to verify the fulfillment of 1999 Istanbul 
commitments by the Russian Federation. 
 
On the basis of all above mentioned, the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs of Georgia categorically demands from the Russian 
Federation to make an official apology for the act of 
aggression carried out against Georgia, ensure appropriate 
compensation of the material loss, and an international 
inspection of the Gudauta military base. 
 
 
TBILISI 00000905  002 OF 002 
 
 
At the same time, the Georgian side continues to strongly 
insist on withdrawal of additional military contingent, 
military equipment and weaponry from the territory of 
Georgia, which were introduced to Abkhazia, Georgia after 30 
April 2008 without consent of the Government of Georgia, 
reversal of the 6 March 2008 decision on withdrawal from the 
regime of restrictions set up by 19 January 1996 decision of 
the CIS Council of Heads of State "On Measures to Settle the 
conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia", and reversal of the 16 April 
2008 instructions by the President of Russia to the 
Government of the Russian Federation. 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia avails itself of 
this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the United States 
of America in Georgia
the assurances of its highest 
consideration. 
 
27 May 2008 
Tbilisi 
 
End text. 
TEFFT

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