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08STATE88329
2008-08-18 11:12:00
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TFGG01: GEORGIA TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO. 21

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  PINR 
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TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR
AMGT, GG
SUBJECT: TFGG01: GEORGIA TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO. 21

RUSSIAN DEPARTURE UNCONFIRMED; KOKOITY SEEKS ARMY BASE
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1. (SBU) Embassy Tbilisi cannot confirm the movements of Russian
troops, though journalists traveling between Gori and Tbilisi told
post the troops expect to depart ?soon.? (TF/Embassy Tbilisi
telcon)



2. (U) De facto South Ossetian President Kokoity dismissed his
cabinet due to delays in the distribution of humanitarian
assistance. Kokoity also signed a state of emergency order and
established an economic reconstruction commission for Tskhinvali
and surrounding areas. (themoscowtimes.com)



3. (U) Kokoity told the media ?international observers will no
longer be present on the territory of South Ossetia,? and
indicated he would seek a permanent Russian military base in the
disputed region. (Reuters)

MERKEL, IN TBILISI, CALLS FOR NATO MEMBERSHIP


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4. (U) The German Chancellor said, ?Georgia will become a member
of NATO, if it wants to - and it does want to.? The statement
signaled a change in Germany's stance on Georgia's NATO
membership, according to the press. (AP)



5. (SBU) The OSCE has yet to request airlift support from member
states for the armored personnel carriers needed for its
additional observers in Georgia. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon)

IDP ASSISTANCE CONTINUES; TURKEY HELPS WITH FIRES


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6. (SBU) Embassy Tbilisi estimates 15-20,000 people will remain
permanent IDPs following the withdrawal of Russian troops. Post
is encouraging the Georgian government to publicize assistance
networks, including clinics, currently available for the 80,000
displaced persons in Tbilisi. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon)



7. (SBU) An Embassy Tbilisi team will travel to Poti with
representatives of the World Food Programme to distribute unused
MREs from planned military training. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon)



8. (SBU) Embassy Tbilisi confirms Turkish aircraft are now
assisting the fight against forest fires in Borjomi. (TF/Embassy
Tbilisi telcon)



9. (SBU) As of August 17, overall USG humanitarian assistance
totals approximately $4.2 million in emergency relief, including
bedding, blankets, and medical supplies. (TF/USAID e-mail)



10. (U) Minimize considered.
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