09TBILISI723, GEORGIA: FOREIGN MINISTRY TO FILE A BRIEF WITH ICJ

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09TBILISI723 2009-04-14 08:00 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO8961
PP RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHDA RUEHDBU RUEHDF RUEHFL RUEHIK RUEHKW RUEHLA
RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHNP RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSK RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHSI #0723 1040800
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 140800Z APR 09
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1377
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS TBILISI 000723 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: AORC ECON EFIN GG PREL ICJ
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: FOREIGN MINISTRY TO FILE A BRIEF WITH ICJ 
OPPOSING RECOGNITION OF KOSOVO'S INDEPENDENCE 
 
REF: A. STATE 29385 
     B. STATE 33709 
 
1.  (SBU)  Georgian MFA Legal Department Director Irakli 
Giviashvili called in the DCM April 13 to inform us that 
Georgia planned to submit a brief to the International Court 
of Justice (ICJ) arguig against the legality of Kosovo's 
declaration of independence.  Giviashvili said First Deputy 
Minister Giga Bokeria had asked Giviashvili to give the USG 
advance notice of the Georgian Government's intent to submit 
this legal justification to the ICJ in the near future 
documenting Georgia's arguments against the legality of 
Kosovo's independence.  He stressed that while both the MFA 
and the Ministry of Justice recognized the situation in 
Kosovo as not analogous to the circumstances surrounding 
Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the potential for Russian "abuse" 
made it politically necessary for Georgia to take this 
position in opposition. 
 
2.  (SBU)  Giviashvili stated multiple times that Georgia was 
well-aware of the USG's support for Kosovo's independence and 
understood our arguments as to why Kosovo was a unique case, 
but he specifically noted that for political reasons 
concerning Russia, Georgia was required to take this step. 
He mentioned that support for Serbia would not be a factor in 
the legal justification that Georgia will present in arguing 
that the independence of Kosovo is not in accordance with 
international law. 
 
3.  (SBU)  During the meeting, DCM took the opportunity to 
request that in spite of Georgia's legal concerns about 
Kosovo recognition, that it consider voting in support of 
Kosovo's membership in the IMF and World Bank.  Giviashvili 
said that this might be difficult, but promised to study the 
issue and see if there was a way for Georgia to be supportive. 
TEFFT

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