09TBILISI984, GEORGIA: FM VASHADZE UNDERLINES REDLINES ON UN

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09TBILISI984 2009-05-29 14:36 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO6012
OO RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHNP RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #0984 1491436
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 291436Z MAY 09
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1634
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 0230
RUEKJCS/OSD WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 4848
RUEHUNV/UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 4037

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 000984 
 
NOFORN 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/29/2019 
TAGS: PREL UNSC UNOMIG RS GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: FM VASHADZE UNDERLINES REDLINES ON UN 
MANDATE 
 
REF: A. GEHRENBECK-EUR/CARC/DL 5-26-09 EMAIL 
     B. TBILISI 942 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1. (C/NF) On May 29, Georgian Foreign Minister Vashadze 
called in the Ambassador to ensure the United States 
understood Georgia's redlines regarding a new UN mandate. 
Referring to his May 22 letter to the Secretary, Vashadze 
emphasized Georgia's absolute commitment to the following 
minimum requirements: 1) the August 12, 2008 ceasefire 
agreement must be the basis for a new mandate; 2) the mandate 
must include an international police component; and 3) the 
mandate must provide for fully demilitarized zones in Gali, 
Ochamchire, and the Kodori Valley.  Vashadze also insisted 
the name of the mission must contain a reference to Georgia. 
A mandate that did not meet these conditions -- especially a 
basis in the ceasefire agreement and a continued reference to 
Georgia in the name -- would be "absolutely unacceptable." 
Explaining that Georgia must have security, but must also 
avoid any step by the international community away from its 
territorial integrity, Vashadze said that Georgia is ready to 
refuse home country consent if the mandate does not include 
these key elements. 
 
2. (C/NF) Vashadze noted that a mandate without these 
elements would present enormous problems for Georgia, both 
internally and externally.  In addition to the aftermath of 
war, an economic crisis, massive unemployment, and a huge 
loss of trade, Georgia would have moved that much farther 
away from the international community's recognition of and 
support for its territorial integrity.  Explaining that 
Georgia looks to the United States as the cornerstone of its 
international suppor, Vashadze said that Georgia is not 
willing to give Russia the slightest hint that it is willing 
to compromise on these fundamental points. 
 
3. (C/NF) In the case of the OSCE, Vashadze explained that 
Georgia, as a full-fledged member with equal status as all 
other members, was more able to be flexible and take 
positions that avoided any blame for the defeat of the 
mission.  In New York, however, Georgia does not have a seat 
at the main table, and so has less flexibility.  He said that 
if Georgia has to take on the role of blocking an 
unacceptable mission, then it will.  If a draft mandate that 
is acceptable to Georgia goes forward, he noted two possible 
scenarios: either it passes, or Russia vetoes it.  If a draft 
mandate goes forward that is unacceptable to Georgia, 
however, Vashadze said that his country is prepared to block 
it.  He noted that it will be important for Russia to 
understand that a no to an unacceptable mission does not 
imply an acceptance of further Russian provocations, but 
nevertheless, Georgia cannot compromise on the points above. 
 
4. (C/NF) Vashadze expressed concern that the British and 
French seem to have moved away from some of these positions. 
He also expressed his disapproval of the circulation of 
non-papers on a possible mandate that have not been shown to 
the Georgians, noting in particular a recent German draft. 
Once again, he said he looked to the United States for 
support in the process. 
TEFFT

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