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08STATE88627
2008-08-18 19:06:00
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TFGG01: GEORGIA TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO.

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  PINR  AMGT  GG 
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						S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 088627 

NOFORN
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 8/18/2018
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT GG
SUBJECT: TFGG01: GEORGIA TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO.
22

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

NO EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN WITHDRAWAL
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1. (SBU) Russian checkpoints remain on the Gori-Tbilisi
highway. Russia may raise a failed POW exchange as a
reason for not withdrawing. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon)



2. (SBU) Russia denies allegations it blew up the Kaspi
bridge. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon)



3. (SBU) Russia denied access to OSCE observers in both
Gori and South Ossetia. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon)


HUMANITARIAN ISSUES AND RESOURCES


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4. (SBU) USS McFaul and US Coast Guard Cutter Dallas
will enter the Black Sea August 22 and 24, and reach the
Georgian coast two days later. USS Taylor and USS Mount
Whitney could enter between August 25-31. (TF/Embassy
Ankara e-mail)



5. (SBU) EUCOM Brig. Gen. Miller and Treasury DAS Meyer
are in Tbilisi to discuss assistance. (TF/Embassy
Tbilisi telcon)



6. (SBU) EUCOM completed 10 flights with humanitarian
aid. (TF/USAID e-mail)

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATIONS CONTINUE TO ARRIVE


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7. (SBU) Congressman Smith plans to arrive in Tbilisi
August 19; the Evans children are the focus of his trip.
(TF/Rep. Smith telcon)



8. (SBU) Senators Lieberman and Graham will visit
Tbilisi August 20, and Senator Lugar will visit August
23-24. (TF/H e-mail)

STATUS OF DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS


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9. (SBU) NATO did not achieve consensus on the NAC
statement or on responses to Georgia's requests.
Discussions on forming a NATO-Georgia Commission are
proceeding. Russia revoked its request for an NRC
meeting. (TF/USNATO telcon)



10. (SBU) Russia is stalling OSCE action despite
Finnish efforts; a decision to deploy additional
military monitoring officers is unlikely today.
(TF/EUR/RPM e-mail)



11. (S/NF) Quad Political Directors concurred P-3
agreement on any UNSC resolution would be necessary
before engaging Russia, making a resolution unlikely
until a cease-fire is confirmed. (TF/USUN e-mail)

AMERICAN MINORS REMAIN IN COUNTRY


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12. (SBU) Approximately 25 Amcit children remain in
Georgia. Post continues to advise Amcits to stay in
place until security improves. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi
telcon)




13. (U) Minimize considered.
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