06MOSCOW650, SOUTH OSSETIA: JCC ADRIFT AS RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN

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06MOSCOW650 2006-01-24 13:06 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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OO RUEHCD RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHLA RUEHMRE RUEHSR
DE RUEHMO #0650 0241306
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 241306Z JAN 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9649
INFO RUCNOSC/OSCE POST COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 000650 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/24/2016 
TAGS: PREL GG RS
SUBJECT: SOUTH OSSETIA:  JCC ADRIFT AS RUSSIAN-GEORGIAN 
ATMOSPHERICS DETERIORATE 
 
REF: A. TBILISI 131 
 
     B. 05 MOSCOW 15690 
     C. MOSCOW 546 
 
Classified By: Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Kirk Augustine. 
  For Reasons 1.4 (B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  Russian, Georgian and South Ossetian representatives 
have been unable to agree to a venue for the next Joint 
Control Commission (JCC) meeting, according to Russian MFA 
4th CIS Department Deputy Director Semyon Grigoriyev. 
Grigoriyev told us January 24 that Russian 
Ambassador-at-Large for South Ossetia Valeriy Kenyaykin was 
consulting with Tskhinvali to find an acceptable venue and 
hold a meeting as soon as possible. 
 
2.  (C)  Grigoriyev explained that the South Ossetians had 
rejected Tbilisi as a venue, citing security concerns, while 
the Georgians had, in turn, objected to the South Ossetian 
suggestion for a meeting in Vladikavkaz.  The Russians 
preferred to meet in Tbilisi, but in the face of South 
Ossetian objections, had proposed to meet in Moscow.  This 
had drawn Georgian objections.  Grigoriyev said Amb. 
Kenyaykin was now pressing the South Ossetians to agree to a 
venue to allow the meeting to go forward. 
 
3.  (C)  Noting that the MFA was "well aware" of the February 
15 Georgian parliamentary deadline for progress on South 
Ossetia, Grigoriyev said that Russia intended to pursue a 
dialogue in the JCC to discuss time-tables and work plans for 
demilitarization and economic development.  (NOTE:  At the 
December 27-28 JCC meeting, the parties were unable to agree 
to the structure for a joint working group(s) to elaborate 
such plans.) 
 
4.  (C)  Comment:  The momentum generated by the December 6 
Ljubljana OSCE Declaration's endorsement of Georgia's South 
Ossetia plan and "President" Kokoity's own December 12 
announcement of a three-step plan dissipated after the 
contentious Moscow JCC meeting.  We now have had a long 
January break, administrative reshuffling on the Russian side 
as DFM Loshchinin has departed for Geneva, and -- following 
the January 22 explosions in North Ossetia (ref C) -- bitter 
recriminations about the break in gas and electric supplies 
to Georgia.  In order to help get this process back on track, 
we are encouraging the Russian MFA to resume engagement in 
the JCC.  We -- and the Georgians -- should avoid linkage 
between energy issues and South Ossetia, but it is clear that 
the barbed rhetoric of recent days cannot have improved the 
atmospherics for negotiations on any issue.  Given the 
fractious relationship between Georgia and Russia, we should 
continue to urge that the JCC parties focus on concrete, 
positive steps and avoid emotional language that will only 
make progress more difficult. 
BURNS

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