09TBILISI19, GEORGIA’S ENVIRONMENT MINISTER ON NONPROLIFERATION

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09TBILISI19 2009-01-06 13:54 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

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SUBJECT: GEORGIA'S ENVIRONMENT MINISTER ON NONPROLIFERATION 
 
REF: 08 TBILISI 2212 
 
1. (SBU)  Begin summary and comment.  New Minister of 
Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Giorgi 
Khachidze, discussed nonproliferation issues with the 
Ambassador on December 23, focusing on a new donation from 
the U.S. of specialized equipment to handle radioactive 
materials at Georgia's borders.  The Minister requested to 
meet with the Ambassador to confirm this $150,000 donation 
and receive assurances that the U.S. will continue to support 
cooperation with the Ministry in implementing the joint 
action plan to improve Georgia's capabilities to combat 
nuclear smuggling.  The Ambassador assured the Minister that 
the donation is on schedule and that the U.S. strongly 
supports continued cooperation in nuclear safety.  Post notes 
that officials in the Ministry and in other agencies 
responsible for combating nuclear smuggling consistently 
complain about a lack of high-level government support and 
funding for their initiatives (reftel).  End summary and 
comment. 
 
2. (SBU) Minister Khachidze was concerned that due to a lack 
of finances and support from his own government, the 
Ministry's Nuclear Radiation Safety Service (NRSS) will not 
succeed in meeting its obligations defined in the joint 
document, specifically the opening of the western field 
office.  Citing the proposed donation of $150,000 worth of 
vehicles and equipment by the Export Control and Related 
Border Security Assistance Program (EXBS), Khachidze had 
earlier suggested that if he could show his own government 
that the U.S. is committed to enhancing radioactive security 
in Georgia, especially in the west as demonstrated by the 
planned donation, this will help justify increased funding 
from the Government of Georgia for NRSS. 
 
DONATION SPECIFICS 
 
3. (SBU) The Ambassador informed the Minister that the 
donation of the vehicles and specialized equipment is on 
track; the equipment is scheduled to start arriving at the 
end of January.  The Minister thanked the Ambassador for this 
good news, and stated that the Ministry plans to establish 
the western office in March, likely in the city of Kutaisi. 
The donation includes the following: two general purpose 
vehicles, one general purpose truck, gas masks and gas mask 
replacement filters, GPS receivers, three sets of two-way 
radios, thirty-six c-level protective suits, forty-eight 
protective boot covers, a radioactive isotope identifier, two 
waterproof radioactive isotope identifiers, two portable 
multi-channel analyzers, sixty copies of eight different 
nautical charts, rechargeable flashlights, and thirty-five 
rechargeable spotlights. 
 
RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT 
 
4. (SBU) The Ambassador further inquired as to the status of 
the establishment of a radioactive waste management agency 
which would be responsible for managing disused radioactive 
sources.  While the Minister could not provide an immediate 
answer, he noted that the Government of Georgia is creating 
an environmental protection code which should address this 
issue. 
TEFFT

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