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08STATE89870
2008-08-21 13:44:00
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Secretary of State
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TFGG01: GEORGIA TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO. 29

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  PINR  AMGT  GG 
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TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT GG
SUBJECT: TFGG01: GEORGIA TASK FORCE SITUATION REPORT NO. 29

RUSSIANS BLOCK POTI, ARREST "SPY"
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1. (SBU) Russian troops are using armored personnel
carriers to block the bridge into Poti, media report.
Embassy Tbilisi received reports of Gori checkpoints
being moved to the city outskirts. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi
telcon, AP)



2. (SBU) Explosions were reported throughout August 20
at Senaki base. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi e-mail)



3. (U) Russian authorities announced they arrested a
senior Russian army officer of Georgian descent in the
Stavropol region on suspicion of spying for Georgia.
(moscowtimes.ru)



4. (U) Human Rights Watch called on Russia to clear
unexploded bombs, particularly cluster munitions,
littering areas of Georgia. Russia denied deploying
such munitions. (Reuters)



5. (U) Russian officials reported 64 Russian soldiers
have been killed and 323 wounded in the conflict.
(ITAR-TASS)


MOSCOW RECALLS NATO AMBASSADOR FOR CONSULTATIONS


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6. (SBU) Russian DFM Grushko said Moscow is reviewing
its relationship with NATO, including military
cooperation programs. (TF/Embassy Moscow telcon)


EVANS CHILDREN SAFE AT EMBASSY TBILISI, TO RETURN TO U.S.


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7. (SBU) The French Ambassador to Georgia returned to
Tbilisi with the two Evans children, who were met at the
embassy by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) and their
father. The family is planning to return to the United
States in the next few days. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi e-
mail)


HUMANITARIAN AID UPDATE


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8. (U) A 17-person ICRC team visited the main hospital
in Tskhinvali to assess medical and surgical needs.
(Reuters)


CHAIRMAN BERMAN, SENATOR LUGAR TBILISI-BOUND


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9. (SBU) House Armed Forces Committee Chairman Berman
(D-CA) plans to visit Tbilisi August 22. (TF/Embassy
Paris e-mail)



10. (SBU) Senator Lugar (R-IN) will visit Georgia
August 23. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi e-mail)



11. (U) Minimize considered.


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