09TBILISI857, GEORGIAN FORCES IN CONTROL OF MILITARY BASE,

WikiLeaks Link

To understand the justification used for the classification of each cable, please use this WikiSource article as reference.
Discussing cables
If you find meaningful or important information in a cable, please link directly to its unique reference number. Linking to a specific paragraph in the body of a cable is also possible by copying the appropriate link (to be found at theparagraph symbol).Please mark messages for social networking services like Twitter with the hash tags #cablegate and a hash containing the reference ID e.g. #09TBILISI857.
Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09TBILISI857 2009-05-05 12:27 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO6346
OO RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHNP RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #0857 1251227
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 051227Z MAY 09
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1511
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/OSD WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000857 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/04/2019 
TAGS: PREL PGOV RRB GA
SUBJECT: GEORGIAN FORCES IN CONTROL OF MILITARY BASE, 
OPPOSITION DELAYS PLANS TO BLOCK ROADS 
 
REF: TBILISI 852 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (C) SUMMARY:  The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) 
reported that at 1440 local time the mutineers at the 
Mukhravani military base surrendered.  The soldiers involved 
have surrendered and laid down their weapons and the MOIA is 
in control of the base.  According to the media, President 
Saakashvili has entered the base together with the Deputy 
Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Defense.  One of the senior 
base officials, Mamuka Giorgashvili, is in custody and being 
transported to Tbilisi.  Just prior to the surrender, 
President Saakashvili addressed the country saying that the 
mutineers had been given a deadline to lay down their weapons 
and stressed that the mutiny at Mukhravani was an isolated 
incident.  Saakashvili also noted that those involved in the 
mutiny had links with Russia. 
 
2.  (C)  Earlier in the day, the MOIA showed a video of the 
organizers outlining their strategy to overthrow the 
government, which included arresting senior government 
officials, capturing strategic assets such as the airport, 
and bringing 5000 Russian troops into undisputed Georgian 
territory.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs told the 
Ambassador that the government had uncovered the plot and 
began arresting organizers on May 4.  The Foreign Minister 
will address the diplomatic corps at 1800 local time.  EUMM, 
OSCE, and UNOMIG all report no new movements along the 
boundaries.  The leaders of radical opposition have said they 
have delayed their plans to blockade roads out of Tbilisi as 
a result of this incident.  END SUMMARY. 
 
3.  (C) Further to reftel, At 1415 local time May 5, one MOD 
official was given permission to enter the Mukhravani base to 
start negotiations.  During negotiations the mutineers scaled 
back their demands, and have now surrendered entirely.  Once 
the revolt had ended President Saakashvili entered the base 
to talk with those still in the facility. 
 
4.  (C) In a press conference earlier in the day, MOIA showed 
a video tape of one of the purported organizers of the revolt 
at Mukhravani having lengthy discussions on a scenario for 
the revolt including arresting senior government officials, 
capturing strategic assets such as the airport, Chancellery 
and Parliament, and strategic roads into and out of the city. 
 The organizer also notes that 5000 Russian soldiers would 
enter Georgia as a scaring tactic. 
 
5.  (C) The Minister of Foreign Affairs told the Ambassador 
that the MOIA had uncovered the plot and began arresting 
organizers on the evening of May 4.  The FM said that most 
officers involved were apparently dismissed from the army 
following the Rose Revolution.  The group reached out to 
active duty military units and officers in hopes of garnering 
support.  It does not appear they were successful in doing 
so. The battalion at Mukhravani is from Gori and has 38 
upgraded T-72 tanks and 20 armored personnel carriers in its 
possession.  All other military installations appear calm. 
Both MOIA and MOD Special Forces units were mobilized in 
response to the crisis.   The Foreign Minister will hold a 
briefing for the diplomatic corps at 1800 local time. 
 
6.  (SBU) UNOMIG, OSCE, and EUMM report no unusual activities 
at the administrative boundaries with South Ossetia and 
Abkhazia. 
 
7.  (SBU) Tbilisi traffic is currently in gridlock due to the 
rain and ongoing protests in the center of the city.  The 
Qrain and ongoing protests in the center of the city.  The 
opposition held a special meeting to determine if they would 
continue with plans to block the major thoroughfares in and 
out of Tbilisi.  In response to the security situation, 
opposition leaders have announced that they intend to delay 
blocking the roads.  Protesters remain in their original 
positions at Parliament and the Public Broadcaster's 
building.  However, soon after, the main leaders of the 
opposition, including Iraklia Alasania, addressed the press 
claiming that this was a staged show and a "virtual uprising" 
aimed at obstructing opposition plans for May 5. 
TEFFT

Wikileaks

Advertisements
Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: