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07TBILISI2117 2007-08-24 03:16:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi
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GEORGIA BORDER SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

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					  UNCLAS TBILISI 002117 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EUR/ACE - KBILGE AND SALTMAN-WINANS
USCBP FOR INA RWATT AND KCHAISSON
BERLIN FOR ICE ATTACHE

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958:N/A
TAGS: GBSLE GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA BORDER SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORTING CABLE - JUNE AND JULY 2007

ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS:



1. July 7, 2007 GBSLE Program Manager Karen Chaisson arrived from
CBP Headquarters to conduct a program review and visit Embassy
Officers and other high level Georgian Revenue and Border Police
Officials. During the course of her stay she visited Border Crossing
Points and Radar Stations currently under construction.



2. During the reporting period the Radar Station at Chakvi was
turned over to the Georgian Border Police's Coast Guard Division on
July 30, 2007. The total cost of the project was $594,800.


EQUIPMENT DELIVERED:

None

PENDING DELIVERIES AND PROCUREMENTS:

ASYCUDA SOClass Software for the Revenue Service valued at $90,000.

TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD:

On June 12 through June 25 GBSLE Advisor Schroeder accompanied a
group of 20 Customs and Border Police Officers on a trip to
Charleston, SC for ISIT Training.

TRAINING PLANNED FOR AUGUST 2007

IRID Training is planned for August 24 through September 2, 2007 in
El Paso, TX for members of the Border Police and Customs.

EMBASSY ASSISTS:



1. June 8 - Embassy requested GBSLE to facilitate entry of African
Swine Flu (ASF) Response Teams.



2. July 24 - Embassy Consular Section requested GBSLE to facilitate
the recovery of U.S. Property at the Tbilisi Airport with assistance
of the Georgian Border Police.

MEETINGS:

June 1 - GBSLE Advisor Schroeder flew with Border Police to remote
camps on the Chechnya Border in the Khevsurete (Barisakhlo) Region.

June 4 - GBSLE Advisors Nelson and Schroeder attended DCM's SLEWG
meeting and presented program briefing to CODEL (Senator Lugar's
Office) representatives Paul Clayman and Manisha Singh.

June 5 - GBSLE Advisors Nelson and Schroeder briefed CODEL members
Clayman and Singh with a border tour of GBSLE Port of Entry
construction project at Sadakhlo.

June 7 - GBSLE Advisor Schroeder met with GBP Deputies, Titan and
IOM Representatives to discuss the C-3 project.

June 8 - GBSLE Advisors met with the Head of the Revenue Service and
delivered the Letter of Invitation to Mindia Gadaevi for the
Executive Orientation Program.

June 13 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson met with the ACOE and Local
contractor to discuss the progress of the Ladodeki Border Crossing
Project.

June 14 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson met with the Head of the Revenue
Service, Mindia Gadaevi to present an overview of the EOP trip
planned for September 2007.

June 18 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson met with the DCM to provide a
briefing on the Grif Boat Contract with the Batumi Shipyard.

June 22 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson escorted Mr. Kerem Bilge, Security
and Law Enforcement Advisor, EUR/ACE to the Border Crossing at
Sadakhlo for a tour and briefing.

June 22 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson attended an evening donors meeting at
the office of Revenue Service and gave a presentation on the GBSLE
Program to members of the International Donors Community.

June 27 - GBSLE Advisor Schroeder met EU Team Leader Haakan Rapp to
discuss training plans for FY 08.

June 28 - GBSLE Advisors met with Lt. General Bitsadze to deliver
the Batumi Shipyard Grif/Orbi Contract letter.

July 8 - GBSLE Advisors and Program Manager Karen Chaisson met with
Richard Wissler and James O'Niell of L3 Titan to discuss the C-3
project.

July 10 - GBSLE Advisors and Program Manager Karen Chaisson met the
GPB to discuss the turnover of the C-3 plans and future assistance
to the GBP.

July 10 - GBSLE Advisors and Program Manager Karen Chaisson met with
Public Affairs to discuss the filming of the GBSLE documentary film
project.

July 11 - GBSLE Advisors and Program Manager Karen Chaisson met with
Ambassador Tefft and DCM Perry to discuss the GBSLE Program.

July 11 - GBSLE Advisors and Program Manager Karen Chaisson met with
the Head of the Revenue Service, Mindia Gadaevi to discuss the GBSLE
Program.

July 12 - GBSLE Advisors and Program Manager Karen Chaisson traveled
to Tbilisi Airport and met with Border Police and Customs Officers
and discussed Airport Operations.

July 13 - GBSLE Advisors and Program Manager Karen Chaisson travel
to the Kazbegi Border Crossing. They met with the Border Police and
Customs and discussed the progress of the new Border Construction
Project.

July 15 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson and Program Manager Karen Chaisson
traveler to Batumi to meet with Shipyard officials.

July 16 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson and Program Manager Karen Chaisson
visited Chakvi Radar Station to view the completed construction
project.

July 17 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson and Program Manager Karen Chaisson
met with Tamaz Kordzahia the Contract Manager at the Batumi Shipyard
to discuss the Grif/Orbi Boat Contract.

July 17 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson and Program Manager Karen Chaisson
travel to Poti Coast Guard Base to attend the Coast Guard Day
Celebration and met with General Gulua.

July 20 - GBSLE Advisors met with Program Manager Karen Chaisson and
had a close out meeting with her and discussed the GBSLE Program
Plans for FY 08.

July 25 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson met with the ACOE to discuss the
progress of construction at the border crossing points and the radar
stations.

July 25 - GBSLE Advisors attended the Security and Law Enforcement
Security Working Group chaired by the DCM.

LIAISON AND COORDINATION:



1. GBSLE advisors met with EU Donors at two donor meetings during
the months of June and July to discuss future training needs of the
GBP and coordinate donors' activity.



2. GSBLE Advisors continued participation in the Security and Law
Enforcement Working Group meetings held twice during the months of
June and July.



3. GBSLE Advisors attended the Country Team Meetings held once a
week during the months of June and July.

CONSTRUCTION:

Kazbegi Border Crossing Station
Contractor - Inzhmsheni
Current contract completion date - 30 Sept 2007
Contract value - $2,311,630.50
Percentage of completion - 48%

Sadaklo Border Crossing Station
Contractor Archstudia
Current contract completion date - 17 June 2007
Contract value - $2,069,679.54
Percentage of completion - 78%

Mestia Grass Airfield
Contractor - Alioni
Current contract completion date - 19 May 2007
Contract value - $851,879.00
Percentage of completion - 77%

Chakvi Radar Station Completed 30 July 2007
Contractor - Lindsay
Current contract completion date - Completed 30 July 2007
Contract value - $594,800.00
Percentage of completion - 80%


Anaklia Radar Station
Contractor Alioni 99
Current contract completion date - 21 May 2007
Contract value - $373,000
Percentage of completion date - 52%


Gonio Radar Station
Contractor - Lindsay
Current contract completion date - 18 September 2007
Contract value - $501,700,00
Percentage of completion - in design 95%


Lagodekhi Border Crossing Station
Contractor - Alioni 99
Current contract completion date - 17 November 2007
Contract value - $775,270.00
Percentage of completion - in design 95%

Remote Border Posts (Task Order 0002)
Contractor - Alioni 99
Current contract completion date - 17 November 200
Contract value - $1,040,315.0
Percentage of completion - in design 95%

Remote Border Posts (Task Order 0004)
Contractor - Alioni 99
Current contract completion date - 17 November 2007
Contract value - $720,797.00
Percentage of completion - in design 95%

Lilo Customs Training Facility
(Ministry of Finance Training Facility)
Contractor - Lindsay
Current contract completion date - 17 Nov 2007.
Contract Value - $704,800
Percentage of Completion - Construction begun
13 May 2007 after a series of delays were
Resolved by the contractor with the help of
ACOE and GBSLE Advisors.

RED FLAG ISSUES:

Border Police - None

Customs - None

POC for this report is Christopher M. Nelson, Chief of Party GBSLE.

PERRY