09TBILISI681, GEORGIA WELCOMES NATO SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE

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09TBILISI681 2009-04-07 13:47 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 000681 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/07/2019 
TAGS: PREL PGOV GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA WELCOMES NATO SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (C) Summary.  The Georgian press gave positive media 
coverage to the NATO Summit, focusing in particular on the 
detailed and lengthy portions of the communique that dealt 
with Georgia and its relationship with NATO.  In numerous 
conversations, senior Georgian officials have reached out to 
inform us of their appreciation for such strong Summit 
statement on NATO's support of and relationship with Georgia. 
 Defense Minister Sikharulidze, First Deputy Minister for 
Euro-Atlantic and NATO Integration Helen Khostaria and First 
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Giga Bokeria all said that 
they were pleased with the final language of the communique. 
Khostaria and Bokeria both felt strongly that the communique 
well-represented Georgia,s interests and, while recognizing 
areas where the government needed to continue to reform, 
welcomed eventual NATO membership.  They noted that the 
communique language went much further than anyone had 
expected, especially with regards to the disputed 
territories.  In the press, Deputy Prime Minister Gia 
Baramidze praised the NATO Summit as successful noting that 
the communique reaffirmed that Ukraine and Georgia will 
become members of NATO, and highlighted a deepening 
relationship between the Alliance and Georgia.  End Summary. 
 
2.  (C) Khostaria, one of the primary drafters of Georgia,s 
Annual National Plan (ANP), said that initially the 
government did not expect much of a mention in the 
communique, and would have been happy if the message did not 
backtrack from Bucharest.  She said she was quite pleased 
with the final language and that it went much further than 
anyone expected.  The Government  was especially appreciative 
of the constructive language on the disputed territories that 
recognized Georgian territorial integrity.  Khostaria 
welcomed NATO's message to Russia that it must uphold its 
commitments under the Sarkozy plan.  She believed the 
communiqe correctly stressed the need for engagement between 
the alliance and Russia, while acknowledging that relations 
had been impacted by the events of 2008.  Khostaria said she 
is looking forward to discussing the ANP further in Brussels, 
likely in mid-April, and receiving the Allies, feedback. 
She stressed that Georgia sees the ANP as an important 
document to guide reforms, as well as a path forward toward 
NATO integration. 
 
3.  (C) In a separate conversation with the Ambassador, First 
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Giga Bokeria expressed 
Georgia,s pleasure with the Summit Communique.  He said that 
Foreign Minister Vashadze also was extremely pleased and that 
the language went even further than they had hoped.  Bokeria 
noted his surprise that "the Germans" had allowed the 
inclusion of the Georgia language. 
 
4.  (U) In remarks to the press, Vice Prime Minister 
Baramidze said that Georgia would base its future actions 
with NATO on the communique language.  He said that the 
statement gives Georgia more hope that, despite many 
difficulties, Georgia will overcome all obstacles and will 
certainly join NATO.  He added that Georgian relations with 
NATO have moved from the cooperation stage to 
pre-integration.  He also noted that the hope the ANP would 
be approved by the end of April. 
 
5.  (C) Comment:  The summit communique has rejuvenated 
Georgian hope for NATO following a period in which many 
Georgians believed Georgia's interests had been subsumed by 
geopolitical realities of European allies.  The fact the NATO 
as a whole made such a strong statement toward Russia is 
encouraging to the Georgians.  The Georgian press and our 
Qencouraging to the Georgians.  The Georgian press and our 
contacts also see the U.S. administration as having played a 
key role in the communique language, and welcome the sign of 
continuing strong USG support for Georgia. 
TEFFT

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