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08STATE88156
2008-08-15 20:42:00
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Secretary of State
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TFGG01: GEORGIA TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO.

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  PINR  AMGT  CD 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 088156 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/14/2018
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT CD
SUBJECT: TFGG01: GEORGIA TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO.
16

CLASSIFIED BY:HCHOLZER, S/ES-O, REASON 1.4(D)

RUSSIAN FORCES MOVE CLOSER TO CAPITAL
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1. (U) A Russian convoy advanced to within 30 miles of
Tbilisi, halting in Igoeti.



2. (U) Russian forces in Poti are destroying the
port's equipment and infrastructure.



3. (SBU) Russian roadblocks are hindering the delivery
of humanitarian relief supplies to South Ossetia and
areas west of Tbilisi.



4. (SBU) Human Rights Watch reports Russian forces
used cluster munitions in Ruisi.



5. (C) Georgia asked the United States and UK to send
military technical experts to assess whether Ikander SS-
26 missiles were used in Georgia.

MERKEL CALLS RUSSIAN ACTIONS DISPROPORTIONATE


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6. (U) The chancellor called on Russian troops to
withdraw from central Georgia.



7. (U) Medvedev said Russia respects the principle of
territorial integrity but it is unlikely South Ossetia
and Abkhazia will ever be able to live together with
Georgia in one state.

CODEL BIDEN TO ARRIVE AUGUST 17, MORE VISITS PLANNED


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8. (SBU) Senator Biden plans to arrive August 17.
Senators Lieberman, Graham, Levin, and Lugar also are
planning visits the week of August 18.

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS


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9. (C) Embassy Yerevan reports Armenian officials are
offended by President Saakashvili's repeated failure to
return phone calls of support from President Sargsian.



10. (SBU) Lufthansa plans to resume flights to Tbilisi
August 16.

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF EFFORTS; MILITARY UPDATE


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11. (C) Twice-daily flights of U.S. C-130s delivering
shelter and medical supplies to Tbilisi will continue
until August 19. EUR/ACE will provide supplies for 14
additional flights. OFDA reports four DART members are
in Tbilisi, with another six arriving August 16-17.


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12. (C) NAVEUR secured Turkish permission for the USCG
Dallas and USS McFaul into the straits on August 24 and
August 25, respectively. Embassy Ankara is seeking
expedited clearance for the vessels and command ship USS
Mount Whitney.



13. (U) Minimize considered.
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