10TBILISI146, GEORGIA: RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON

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10TBILISI146 2010-02-02 14:42 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Tbilisi

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PP RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHNP RUEHROV RUEHSL
DE RUEHSI #0146 0331442
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 021442Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2804
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

S E C R E T TBILISI 000146 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/02/2020 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PINR MOPS KG KZ TI TX UZ GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON 
NORTHERN DISTRIBUTION NETWORK, C-RE9-02185 
 
REF: A. 09 STATE 123007 
     B. 09 TBILISI 2239 
 
Classified By: DCM Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1.  (S/NF)  In response to ref A the following is further 
information regarding the Northern Distribution Network in 
Georgia. 
 
A.  (C)  PLEASE DESCRIBE THE HOST COUNTRY LEADER VIEWS ON THE 
US MILITARY LOCAL PURCHASE PLAN'S PROGRESS AND ANY BENEFIT TO 
THE HOST COUNTRY'S ECONOMY. HOW SATISFIED ARE HOST COUNTRIES 
WITH THIS PROGRAM? 
 
There is no U.S. Military local purchase plan in Georgia. 
DLA has reviewed outlets to purchase goods in Georgia and 
Georgian companies ar interested in pursuing opportunities 
to sell goods to the U.S. military. 
 
B.  (C)  PLEASE DESCRIBE ANY INSTANCES OF HOST COUNTRY GRAFT 
AND CORRUPTION IN THE US LOCAL PURCHASE PLAN, INCLUDING ANY 
INDICATIONS THAT HOST COUNTRY SENIOR LEADERSHIP IS INVOLVED. 
WHO IN THE HOST COUNTRY -- LEADERS, MINISTRIES, CLANS -- 
BENEFITS THE MOST? 
 
There are no known instances of host country graft, as there 
is no purchase plan. 
 
C.  (C)  HOW DO HOST COUNTRIES LEADERS VIEW EXPANDING THE NDN 
TO INCLUDE TRANSITING MILITARY SUPPLIES CONSIDERED "LETHAL"? 
 
The GOG is eager to expand their transport of military 
supplies and has put no restrictions on cargo. 
 
D.  (C)  PLEASE DESCRIBE ANY EXTERNAL POLITICAL OR ECONOMIC 
PRESSURE FROM RUSSIA, CHINA, ETC., TO ALTER OR TERMINATE 
PARTICIPATION IN THE NDN. 
 
Given the tense relations with Russia and Russia's own supply 
transit role, the Russians would be pleased for Georgia to 
cease participating in the Northern Distribution Network. 
However, Post is unaware of Russian pressure on Georgia on 
this particular issue.  Russia and Georgia broke diplomatic 
relations after the August 2008 war. 
 
E.  (C)  WHAT PLANS DO HOST COUNTRIES HAVE IN PLACE FOR 
RESPONDING TO ATTACKS AGAINST COALITION SUPPLY LINES? HOW 
WOULD TERRORIST ATTACKS OR OTHER SABOTAGE INCIDENTS AGAINST 
SUPPLY LINES INFLUENCE THE HOST COUNTRY'S RESOLVE TO CONTINUE 
PARTICIPATING IN THE NDN? 
 
There are no specific plans in place to repair supply lines, 
but the GOG would act quickly to repair any kind of damaged 
infrastructure (for example, rail lines) in the case of 
damage.  They have demonstrated their willingness and ability 
to do this as recently as the war in August of 2008, and we 
would expect the same in case of a terrorist attack. 
 
F.  (C)  WHAT ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE POINTS -- POLITICAL, 
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, OR PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE -- IN THE HOST 
COUNTRY THAT, IF CHALLENGED, WOULD AFFECT ITS WILLINGNESS TO 
CONTINUE NDN COOPERATION WITH THE US? 
 
None of the aforementioned potential vulnerabilities affect 
Georgia's willingness to participate in the Network. Georgia 
is eager to demonstrate its continued willingness to 
contribute to the Allied effort in Afghanistan, including by 
committing a battalion (approximately 750) of troops to serve 
alongside the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan with no caveats 
(ref B), so we would not expect any of the factors listed to 
deter Georgia from participating. 
BASS

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