06MOSCOW8047, GEORGIA-RUSSIA: MFA ON KODORI GORGE

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06MOSCOW8047 2006-07-27 14:16 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO2898
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #8047 2081416
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 271416Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9610
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 008047 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/27/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV MARR MOPS GG RS
SUBJECT: GEORGIA-RUSSIA:  MFA ON KODORI GORGE 
 
Classified By: A/POL Colin Cleary.  Reason 1.4 (b, d) 
 
1. (C) We discussed the Kodori Gorge situation July 27 with 
Dmitriy Tarabrin, Acting Director of the MFA Fourth CIS 
Department.  Tarabrin said the operation had a "military 
character" that made it a violation of the May 11 1994 
ceasefire agreement on Abkhazia.  Russia did not, however, 
want to "dramatize" the situation. 
 
2. (C) Tarabrin warned, however, that Georgia should not use 
the operation as a mask to create a military stronghold in 
Kodori that would threaten Abkhazia.  We replied that we have 
urged the Georgians not to provoke the Abkhaz and to withdraw 
once the police operation was concluded.  We urged Russia to 
use its influence with the Abkhaz to ensure they remain 
quiet.  "It is already done," Tarabrin replied. 
 
3. (C) Tarabrin said that the Russian Charge in Tbilisi had 
handed the MFA's statement on Kodori to DFM Chechelashvili. 
Other than that, there had been no communication between 
Russia and Georgia on the issue.  We asked about a possible 
Putin-Saakashvili meeting.  Tarabrin said Putin is in Sochi 
most of August, but soon thereafter was a possibility.  He 
added that the MFA had tried to convince the Presidential 
Administration to set aside an hour for Saakashvili at the 
informal CIS Summit in Moscow on July 21-22.  The 
Presidential Administration had refused. 
BURNS

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