07MOSCOW4163, MFA REITERATES TO VISITING OSCE SPECIAL ENVOY GOR

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07MOSCOW4163 2007-08-24 13:48 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO9316
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #4163 2361348
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 241348Z AUG 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3230
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 004163 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/23/2017 
TAGS: PREL MOPS PBTS PINS UNSC GG RS
SUBJECT: MFA REITERATES TO VISITING OSCE SPECIAL ENVOY GOR 
POSITION ON MISSILE LAUNCH IN GEORGIA 
 
REF: MOSCOW 4111 
 
Classified By: Classified by Political M/C Alice G. Wells.  Reasons 1.4 
(a,b,d) 
 
1.  (C) Summary: According to MFA and Spanish diplomats, OSCE 
CiO Zuzul used his August 22-23 visit to stress the need to 
reduce Georgian-Russian tensions, without focusing on 
identifying the guilty party in the August 6 missile 
incident.  The GOR accorded Zuzul a mid-level MFA hearing, 
expressed disquiet over his appointment process, and fixed 
blame for the attack on GOG officials intent on taking 
Abkhazia and South Ossetia by force.  Zuzul reportedly will 
counsel Spanish FM and OSCE CiO Moratinos, who meets with 
Lavrov August 30, to focus on how to avoid such incidents in 
the future.  End Summary. 
 
GOR Downplays Zuzul Visit 
------------------------- 
 
2.  (C) Spanish embassy diplomats, who accompanied Zuzul to 
his August 23 meeting with MFA Fourth CIS Department Acting 
Director Dmitriy Tarabrin, told us that Zuzul had expected a 
higher level meeting in the MFA.  However, they reported that 
the atmosphere was friendly, noting that Zuzul's message to 
Tarabrin was that the OSCE was only interested in helping to 
defuse the situation and lower tensions.  Zuzul stressed that 
he was not interested in finding the guilty party. 
 
MFA Reiterates Russia's Arguments to Zuzul 
------------------------------------------ 
 
3.  (C) In an August 24 meeting, MFA Georgia Section Chief 
Vyacheslav Kunakov gave us a similar readout of Zuzul's 
message.  Kunakov said Zuzul told Tarabrin that the August 6 
incident "reverberated" throughout the international 
community and the OSCE was obligated to help find an "exit" 
for both sides.  Before responding to Zuzul's comments, 
Kunakov said Tarabrin expressed Russia's deep concern over 
the OSCE's "unusual" appointment process for Zuzul.  Tarabrin 
argued that according to a 2004 OSCE Council of Ministers 
document, member states should be consulted before the CiO 
appoints a special envoy.  Tarabrin acknowledged that the 
document stipulates that consultations should occur only if 
time allows, but Russia maintains that there was sufficient 
time for all member states, including Russia, to be 
consulted.  However, Tarabrin stressed that "in the interest 
of good will," Russia received Zuzul in his capacity as OSCE 
Special Envoy and remains committed to finding a peaceful and 
quick resolution.  Tarabrin cited as proof DFM Karasin's 
August 30 meeting with Georgian State Minister Bakradze and 
Georgian DFM Mandzhazidze in Moscow.  Zuzul conceded that his 
appointment process was a bit irregular and was appreciative 
of Russia's cooperation. 
 
4.  (C) Tarabrin reiterated the Russian version of the 
incident - namely, that Georgia orchestrated the missile 
launch in an effort to undermine the dialogue between the two 
countries on South Ossetia (reftel).  Tarabrin stressed that 
Russia has not claimed that the entire Georgian government 
was involved in the incident; a few influential officials 
acting on their own could have easily carried out the missile 
launch.  Kunakov said that Tarabrin "reminded" Zuzul that 
"some Georgians" are intent on exacerbating tensions between 
Georgian and Russia.  Tarabrin underscored for Zuzul the 
"likelihood" that Georgia was building up its case for a 
"violent solution" to the conflicts in South Ossetia and 
Abkhazia.  Tarabrin urged Zuzul to view the August 6 incident 
as "inseparably linked to the general situation in South 
Ossetia." 
 
GOR Warns Against Assigning Blame 
--------------------------------- 
 
5. (C) Kunakov agreed with the Spanish characterization that 
the conversation between Tarabrin and Zuzul was frank and 
friendly.  However, Tarabrin pressed Zuzul to urge the OSCE 
and key member states, including the U.S., to refrain from 
taking positions and making statements that only "stimulate 
Tbilisi's mood."  Spanish DCM Manuel de la Camera said Zuzul 
would counsel Spanish FM and OSCE CiO Moratinos, who will 
meet FM Lavrov in Moscow on August 30 in part to discuss the 
missile incident, to focus the OSCE's attention on how to 
avoid such incidents in the future. 
 
Melville

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