09TBILISI339, GEORGIA: REQUEST FOR GUIDANCE ON BLACK SEA DEFENSE

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09TBILISI339 2009-02-19 14:39 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000339 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/19/2019 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: REQUEST FOR GUIDANCE ON BLACK SEA DEFENSE 
MINISTERIAL 
 
REF: A. A. EMAIL TO EUR/CARC 2/19 
     B. B. TBILISI 223 
 
Classified By: CHARGE D'AFFAIRES A.I. KENT LOGSDON FOR REASONS 1.4. (b) 
 AND (d). 
 
1.  (U)  This is an action request - see paragraph 6. 
 
2.  (C)  Deputy Minister of Defense Giorgi Muchaidze called 
in Embassy Tbilisi's Defense Attache and Pol-Econ Chief to 
consult on Georgia's response to an invitation from the Turks 
for Georgia's Minister of Defense to participate in a Black 
Sea Defense Ministerial (BSDM) on March 25-27.  Muchaidze 
told Emboffs that Georgia was considering declining the 
invitation since recent Stability Platform talks hosted by 
the Turks had not provided a useful forum, but sought U.S. 
views on the proposed ministerial.  Embassy requests guidance 
to respond to the Georgians' request (paragraph 4). 
 
3.  (C)  Deputy Minister of Defense Muchaidze said that he 
was seeking U.S. views on Georgia's participation in the BSDM 
as part of an ongoing effort to increase collaboration 
following the signing of the U.S.-Georgia Charter on 
Strategic Partnership.  Muchaidze provided a copy of the 
invitation sent from the Turkish Minister of Defense, which 
included a draft statement that the hosts intend to be signed 
by the Ministers.  (Note: these documents have been emailed 
to EUR/CARC. End Note.) 
 
4.  (C)  Muchaidze expressed concern about Turkey's efforts 
to increase its role in the region and its efforts to develop 
fora which excluded the United States.  He suggested to 
EmbOffs that recent Stability Platform talks (reftel B) had 
yielded little of interest for Georgia.  He said that he was 
inclined to recommend that Georgia not attend at any level. 
Muchaidze told us that he was unaware if Bulgaria or Romania 
would attend and what their governments' views of the 
proposed ministerial might be. He said he was in the process 
of consulting with Sofia and Bucharest. 
 
5.  (C)  Comment.  Emboffs told Muchaidze they would seek 
guidance from Washington.  Although post understands 
Tbilisi's reluctance, post also sees potential problems 
should Georgia be the only Black Sea nation not to 
participate in the BDSM.  In post's view, Georgia's 
participation could lead to benefits in terms of any 
conclusions or documents which could be issued and may not 
want to be seen as refusing to cooperate. 
 
6.  (C)  Action request.  Post requests guidance on 
responding to the Deputy Minister. 
LOGSDON

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