09TBILISI1161, GEORGIA: THIRD SESSION OF INCIDENT MECHANISM DOES

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09TBILISI1161 2009-06-24 12:38 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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DE RUEHSI #1161 1751238
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FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1807
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 0254
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 4038
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE PRIORITY 2280

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001161 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/24/2019 
TAGS: PREL MOPS KBTS RS GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: THIRD SESSION OF INCIDENT MECHANISM DOES 
NOT OCCUR 
 
REF: TBILISI 1045 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT FOR REASONS 1.4 B AND D 
 
1. (C) Summary and comment.  As predicted reftel, the third 
session of the Joint Incident Prevention and Response 
Mechanism (JIPRM), scheduled for June 23 in Ergneti, did not 
occur.  The meeting was postponed for an indefinite period 
due to te South Ossetian delegation's refusal to 
participate.  The Georgian MFA and the EUMM both released 
press statements expressing their disappointment that the 
meeting was forced to be cancelled.  With the loss of both 
UNOMIG and OSCE, the JIPRM is one of the few arenas left in 
which it is possible to raise concerns affecting the local 
populations.  However, South Ossetia's refusal to participate 
further underscores their lack of willingness to engage on 
substantive issues that directly impact the population.  End 
summary and comment. 
 
2. (SBU) At the second session of the JIPRM on May 29, the 
participants originally agreed in principle to a third 
session on June 11 at Ditsi.  This meeting was rescheduled 
when the South Ossetian delegation refused to attend because 
of the non-resolution of the three disappeared Ossetians and 
chairmanship issues (reftel).  During a visit by the EU 
Troika to Tskhinvali shortly after June 11, the Troika 
stressed to the South Ossetians the importance of the JIPRM, 
negotiating a rescheduled third session for June 23 at 
Ergneti.  However, several days before the session was to 
occur, the South Ossetian delegation again refused to 
participate because of the unresolved issues.  The Georgian 
MFA issued a statement saying that "all responsibility for 
the thwarting of the Incident Prevention Mechanism rests with 
Russia," while the EUMM "expressed its disappointment that 
once again the South Ossetian delegation has decided that it 
is unable to attend." 
TEFFT

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