06MOSCOW9015, SOUTH OSSETIA: AN “AMUSING” MEETING GETS NOWHERE

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06MOSCOW9015 2006-08-18 14:23 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO4495
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #9015 2301423
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 181423Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0749
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 009015 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/18/2016 
TAGS: PREL MARR OSCE GG RS
SUBJECT: SOUTH OSSETIA:  AN "AMUSING" MEETING GETS NOWHERE 
 
 
Classified By: PolMinCouns Alice Wells.  Reason 1.4 (b, d) 
 
1. (C) The Joint Control Commission to negotiate a settlement 
in the South Ossetia conflict met in Moscow August 17-18 and 
produced no results.  The meeting's main accomplishment was 
to continue over the full two days without breaking up in 
acrimony.  Georgian DCM Shugarov told us August 18, while the 
meeting was still in progress, that this was due to the 
"calmer," "less emotional" style of new Georgian Minister for 
Conflict Resolution Merab Antadze. 
 
2. (C) The South Ossetian side, Shugarov said, wanted to move 
on the JCC's previous decision to name a working group to 
unite the Georgian and Ossetian proposals for a peace plan. 
The Georgian side rejected this on grounds that the format of 
the JCC itself needed to be widened before undertaking any 
other work.  The Russians and Ossetians defended the current 
format (the JCC includes representatives of Georgia, South 
Ossetia, North Ossetia and Russia), saying that it had "not 
exhausted its potential," as Russian DFM Karasin put when he 
opened the meeting. 
 
3. (C) Russian JCC negotiator Yuriy Popov told us the two 
days' proceedings were "amusing," but gave no grounds for 
optimism.  The Georgians -- "your partners," he called them 
-- "intend to bury the existing format," even if it means 
stopping any work on a peace plan that both sides can agree 
to use as the basis for negotiations.  "Even the OSCE and EU 
were puzzled," Popov added. 
 
4. (C) Comment:  Judging by Shugarov's tone, the Georgian 
Embassy in Moscow was equally puzzled by the new Georgian 
linkage.   Meanwhile, the Russians clearly believe the U.S. 
put its "partners" the Georgians up to holding a peace plan 
hostage to reform of the JCC.  At the same time, the Russians 
probably do find the Georgian position "amusing," as it stops 
all progress while making the Georgians look recalcitrant -- 
a perfect outcome, from their point of view. 
RUSSELL

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