09TBILISI94, GEORGIA: MFA REQUESTS INFO RE U.S. APPROACH TO

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09TBILISI94 2009-01-20 13:47 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHSI #0094 0201347
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 201347Z JAN 09
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0793
INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 0167
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 4760

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000094 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/CARC AND IO/UNP 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/20/2019 
TAGS: PREL PGOV UN GG RU
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: MFA REQUESTS INFO RE U.S. APPROACH TO 
UNOMIG RENEWAL 
 
REF: REINEMEYER EMAIL OF 1/15/09 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (U)  This is an action request - see paragraph 4. 
 
2.  (C)  DFM Nalbandov called in DCM January 20, 2009, to 
request an update on the USG's approach to the upcoming 
UNOMIG renewal discussion in New York.  Joined by former NSC 
Secretary (and Georgia's next Ambassador to the UN) Lomaia, 
Nalbandov said that time was getting short and the Georgians 
had not yet heard from us or others in the UNSC as to the 
strategy for managing the February 15 end date for the UNOMIG 
mandate.  Drawing on ref email, DCM noted that the U.S. was 
in discussions with our European colleagues on the UNSC, and 
that our preferred approach at this point was to to seek a 
technical rollover of UNOMIG's current mandate for several 
more months.  This would give us some additional time to work 
out changes to the mandate.  DCM undertook to seek updated 
guidance from Washington in response to the DFM's request for 
information. 
 
3.  (C)  Nalbandov responded that this was exactly the 
approach preferred by Tbilisi and he looked forward to 
working with us in capitals and in New York to achieve this 
goal.  Nalbandov noted that over the next few days, he would 
be calling in Ambassadors from EU missions resident in 
Tbilisi to seek their support for a technical rollover of the 
UNOMIG mandate.  He said that he would also point out the 
recent incidents along the administrative borders with South 
Ossetia and Abkhazia, and urge the EU to consider 
strengthening -- both in numbers and physically, including 
with weapons -- the EU Monitoring mission on the ground. 
 
4.  (C)  Action Request.  The Department is requested to 
provide guidance to be used to respond to the DFM's request 
for the official USG position on the extension of the UNOMIG 
mandate. 
 
5.  (C)  Embassy note.  At the conclusion of the meeting, 
Ambassador Lomaia mentioned that he was currently based at 
the MFA and consulting in preparation for his assignment to 
the UN.  He plans to take up his position in New York by the 
end of January. 
TEFFT

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