08TBILISI1472, TFGG01: GEORGIA: REQUEST FOR STRONG WESTERN

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08TBILISI1472 2008-08-27 04:23 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO9351
OO RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #1472 2400423
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 270423Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9973
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001472 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR DAS BRYZA AND EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/25/2018 
TAGS: PGOV PREL GG
SUBJECT: TFGG01: GEORGIA: REQUEST FOR STRONG WESTERN 
CONDEMNATION OF RUSSIAN RECOGNITION OF SOUTH OSSETIA AND 
ABKHAZIA 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT.  REASONS:  1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
1. (C)  Georgian DFM Vashadze called in the German, French, 
UK and U.S. Ambassadors August 26.  Although the meeting was 
called initially for the MFA to present a non-paper (faxed to 
EUR/CARC) regarding principles and objectives for resolution 
of the conflict, President Medvedev's announcement that 
Russia would recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia became the 
topic.  Vashadze said that the recognition meant that we were 
entering into a "new Cold war" and that Georgia had taken 
steps to sever diplomatic ties and abrogate all diplomatic 
agreements with Russia.  Georgia would now concentrate on 
"reconstructing the country" and waiting until Russia slept 
again.  Vashadze noted that although the news was sad, it was 
clear that the Russians were on their way to marginalizing 
themselves from the international community and that their 
approach to the region of the last 16 years was over.  He 
predicted that for Russia, Georgia was "just the beginning -- 
Plan B and C are coming next." 
 
2.  (C)  Vashadze said that he had two requests -- first, 
that the West move quickly to provide legal and moral support 
to Georgia, and if economic sanctions were added, it would be 
even better.  Second, Vashadze asked that Georgia and the 
West agree on a united stand in opposing this Russian 
recognition.  According to Vashadze, Georgia now needed to 
deal with securing its own "37th parallel" around the 
separatist areas.  At least the Russian recognition had shown 
that this was a conflict involving Russia -- the de facto 
governments were just a smokescreen.  Georgia also needed to 
concentrate on getting Russian troops out of Georgia proper 
as well as taking care of "victims of ethnic cleansing." 
Vashadze said that Georgia would not take any rash military 
steps against Russia -- "we are a nation of 4 million people 
and 28,000 soldiers, but we are not suicidal."  In Vashadze's 
view, Russia's decision means that it wants only enemies or 
satellites on its borders. 
 
3.  (C)  Allied reaction was limited since all were waiting 
for guidance from capitals, but all expected strong 
statements soon.  DCM, attending for the Ambassador, along 
with the German and UK Ambassadors, urged Georgia to continue 
to be patient and not take any rash actions in response to 
the Russian announcement.  The French DCM noted that Paris 
planned to issue a tough EU statement at 1700 Paris time. 
The MFA has summoned EU Ambassadors to the MFA at 2000 to 
discuss next steps. 
 
4.  (SBU)  After the meeting, the MFA contacted the Embassy 
to report that South Ossetians in the town of Megvrekisi near 
Tskhinvali were beginning to expel ethnic Georgians from the 
town.  The MFA reported that a similar action was expected in 
Akhalgori, an ethnic Georgian village at the extreme eastern 
end of South Ossetia where a stand-off between South Ossetian 
forces and Georgian police had been taking place.  According 
to the MFA, Georgian police were retreating from the edge of 
the village in order to avoid conflict. 
TEFFT

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