08TBILISI2213, GEORGIA: DEPUTY FM SAYS OSSETIANS FIRED AT

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08TBILISI2213 2008-11-26 14:24 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO0685
OO RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHNP RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #2213 3311424
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 261424Z NOV 08 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0468
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 002213 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/CARC 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/26/2018 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM RU GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: DEPUTY FM SAYS OSSETIANS FIRED AT 
GEORGIAN AND POLISH PRESIDENTS; UNVEILS OSCE INITIATIVES 
 
REF: TBILISI 2193 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
1.  (C)  Acting Foreign Minister Giga Bokeria told the 
diplomatic corps November 26 that South Ossetian de facto 
spokesperson Irina Gagloyeva noted on the record that 
Ossetian forces had fired upon the Georgian and Polish 
Presidents on November 23 (reftel).  The interview with 
Gagloyeva appeared in the Russian newspaper Kommersant. 
According to the article, Gagloyeva said that Ossetian 
"border guards" did not aim at anyone, but opened fire into 
the air.  According to the article, the Ossetians thought the 
Georgians were provoking them and therefore responded. 
Bokeria told the diplomatic representatives present that 
Russian authorities, as the security guarantors, bear 
responsibility for the incident, and condemned the action as 
"provocative, disappointing and alarming."  He called on the 
international community to support the return of IDPS to 
Akhalgori and withdrawals of Russian and Ossetian forces from 
the region. 
 
2.  (SBU)  Bokeria also announced that Georgia will introduce 
draft resolutions (emailed to USOSCE and EUR/RPM) for 
consideration at the Helsinki OSCE Ministerial December 4-5 
which address safe return of IDPs, and the prevention of 
illicit supplies of conventional arms not subject to 
international verification and observation (septel) to the 
conflict regions in the OSCE area.  In addition, Georgia will 
circulate a draft statement regarding the August conflict and 
continuing security situation on the ground, inviting 
interested OSCE members to agree to sign on in support. 
(Embassy note.  The Georgians noted that Ukraine had used 
this technique successfully at the 2007 OSCE Ministerial to 
gain the support of 30 OSCE members for a statement on the 
Holodomor.  End note.)  Bokeria asked all OSCE members to 
consider supporting these resolutions and the statement.  He 
also expressed support for the OSCE mission in Georgia and 
asked that OSCE members support the extension of the 
mission's mandate. 
TEFFT

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