06MOSCOW10285, RUSSIA PROTESTS JAMESTOWN CONFERENCE ON NORTH

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06MOSCOW10285 2006-09-14 14:45 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO3325
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #0285 2571445
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 141445Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2324
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 010285 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/14/2016 
TAGS: PREL PHUM PTER PINR RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA PROTESTS JAMESTOWN CONFERENCE ON NORTH 
CAUCASUS 
 
REF: MOSCOW 4081 
 
Classified By: Political Minister-Counselor Alice Wells. 
Reasons 1.4 (b and d). 
 
 1.  (C) Acting MFA North Americas Department Director 
Aleksandr Khudin requested a meeting with PolCouns to express 
GOR concern over the September 14 Jamestown Foundation 
conference in Washington on "The Future of the North 
Caucasus."  Noting that Jamestown conferences on the North 
Caucasus had become a "bitter theme," Khudin said that the 
GOR was aware that organizers had again invited Mairbek 
Vachagayev, currently a Ph.D. candidate at a French 
university but also the former spokesman for separatist 
leader Aslan Maskhadov.  The conference Jamestown organized 
in April "Saidullayev's Caucasian Front: Prospects for a the 
Next Nalchik" had been an insult (reftel), he said, and by 
again inviting Vachagaev, Jamestown was providing him with a 
forum to propagate views in support of terrorists. 
 
2.  (C) Khudin said Vachagaev had openly spoken of his 
connections to Maskhadov and Chechen terrorist Shamil 
Basayev, and the GOR had other evidence of his affiliations 
with them and his knowledge of terror acts that they planned. 
 Citing Security Council resolutions 1267, 1373, and others, 
as well as the Glenn Eagles G8 Summit declaration, Khudin 
said the U.S. had international obligations to prevent 
incitement of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist 
information.  Khudin, speaking unemotionally and directly, 
also noted that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in 1931 that 
incitement to violence was an exception to the protections of 
free speech in the U.S., and the GOR believed that there was 
a sufficient legal basis for the U.S. to stop the conference. 
 
 
3.  (C) Polcouns responded that while the title of the 
previous Jamestown conference was offensive to the GOR, the 
U.S. believed that discussions of terrorism and its spread in 
the North Caucasus and elsewhere was a legitimate topic of 
discussion and did not constitute incitement.  She emphasized 
that Jamestown was a non-governmental organization, over 
which the USG did not exert control or policy direction.  The 
U.S. opposed terrorism in Russia, and it had been working 
cooperatively and productively on counterterrorism with the 
GOR, including on issues related to Chechnya.  If the GOR had 
specific information on Vachagaev, then it should share it 
through the appropriate channels.  Polcouns noted that 
support for Chechen separatism did not in and of itself 
consitute proof of terrorist complicity. 
 
4.  (C)  Polcouns urged the GOR to highlight the noteworthy 
accomplishments in bilateral CT cooperation, particularly 
against the backdrop of the CT Working Group currently 
convened in Washington.  It was unfortunate that when the GOR 
protested the Jamestown Conference in April, some Russian 
government-owned media had portrayed the seminar as USG 
support for Chechen terrorists.  To the contrary, the U.S. 
wanted to be helpful in the North Caucasus, not just on 
counterterrorism, but in finding other ways to work with the 
GOR on bringing stability to the region.  Polcouns pointed to 
US participation in an upcoming UN planning meeting on future 
international assistance in the North Caucasus. 
BURNS

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