09TBILISI409, GEORGIA: U.S. AND GEORGIA SIGN JOINT DOCUMENT ON

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09TBILISI409 2009-02-27 15:13 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 TBILISI 000409 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KNNP PARM PGOV PREL GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: U.S. AND GEORGIA SIGN JOINT DOCUMENT ON 
COMBATING NUCLEAR SMUGGLING 
 
REF: A. 08 STATE 117568 
     B. 07 TBILISI 0283 
 
1. (SBU) Summary. On February 27, U.S. and Georgian 
representatives signed the "Addendum to the Joint Document of 
Georgian and U.S. Delegations on Georgia's Priority Needs to 
Improve Its Capabilities to Combat Nuclear Smuggling."  This 
document addresses both the degradation of Georgia's 
anti-nuclear smuggling capabilities resulting from the August 
2008 conflict and the additional needs which became apparent 
after the original agreement was signed in 2007.  By signing 
this addendum, the governments of the U.S. and Georgia deepen 
their cooperation on combating nuclear smuggling, and the 
Government of Georgia commits to expand an already impressive 
record of progress in improving its capabilities in this 
arena. End summary. 
 
SIGNATORIES AND CEREMONY 
 
2. (U) The Ambassador signed the agreement for the United 
States, and the following Deputy Ministers signed for 
Georgia: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexander 
Nlbandov; First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, 
Ekaterine Zguladze; Deputy Minister of Defense, Giorgi 
Muchaidze; Deputy Minister of Finance, Vazha Petriashvili; 
Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Natural 
Resources, Davit Ioseliani; and Deputy Head of Revenue 
Service of the Ministry of Finance, Irakli Siradze. After the 
signing, the Ambassador, Deputy Minister Nalbandov, and 
Michael Stafford, U.S. Negotiator for Nuclear Security and 
Dismantlement, made remarks noting the continued cooperation 
between the U.S. and Georgian governments in fighting the 
threat of nuclear terrorism and Georgia's substantial 
progress in improving its efforts in this battle. 
 
WHY SIGN AN ADDENDUM? 
 
3. (SBU) The addendum expands upon U.S. and Georgian 
cooperation as part of the "Joint Document of Georgian and 
U.S. Delegations on Georgia's Priority Needs to Improve Its 
Capabilities to Combat Nuclear Smuggling." The original 
agreement was signed on February 2, 2007 by the Ambassador 
and Georgian Foreign Minister at the time, Gela Bezhuashvili 
(reftel B).  Following the August 2008 conflict between 
Russia and Georgia, the U.S. and Georgian governments agreed 
it was advisable to develop an addendum to the original 
document to address new needs that arose as a result of the 
conflict and to include additional needs that became apparent 
since the original was negotiated in 2007.  The addendum also 
reflects an expansion of U.S. efforts to help Georgia combat 
nuclear smuggling. 
 
GEORGIAN ACHIEVEMENTS 
 
4. (SBU) Since signing the original document, the Government 
of Georgia has made extensive progress in its efforts to 
combat nuclear smuggling, both on its own and in cooperation 
with the U.S. and other international partners.  These 
efforts include strengthening its nuclear regulatory system, 
placing additional radiation detection equipment at the 
borders, improving training for border security personnel, 
enhancing communication and cooperation among various 
response agencies, strengthening prosecution of smugglers, 
and continuing the fight against corruption.  To date, 
Georgia has completed or made significant progress on 46 out 
of 52 steps outlined in the original joint action plan. 
 
U.S. ASSISTANCE 
 
5. (SBU) This addendum also reflects an expansion of U.S. 
Q5. (SBU) This addendum also reflects an expansion of U.S. 
efforts to help Georgia combat nuclear smuggling.  Since the 
early 1990s, the U.S. has provided more than $275 million in 
assistance to Georgia to secure nuclear and radioactive 
materials, strengthen export control laws, improve border 
monitoring, support the Georgian Coast Guard, bolster law 
enforcement efforts, advance nuclear forensics capabilities, 
and enhance communication and cooperation among agencies 
responding to incidents involving radioactive materials.  As 
part of the $1 billion U.S. aid package to Georgia, the U.S. 
has already approved more than $20 million in funding for 
providing secure communications and other support to 
Georgia's law enforcement personnel and for developing a 
national response plan for responding to incidents involving 
radioactive material. 
 
TBILISI 00000409  002 OF 002 
 
 
 
6. (U) A copy of the signed addendum has been emailed to 
EUR/CARC. 
TEFFT

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