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09TBILISI681 2009-04-07 13:47:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi
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GEORGIA WELCOMES NATO SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE

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SUBJECT: GEORGIA WELCOMES NATO SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE

Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (C) Summary. The Georgian press gave positive media
coverage to the NATO Summit, focusing in particular on the
detailed and lengthy portions of the communique that dealt
with Georgia and its relationship with NATO. In numerous
conversations, senior Georgian officials have reached out to
inform us of their appreciation for such strong Summit
statement on NATO's support of and relationship with Georgia.
Defense Minister Sikharulidze, First Deputy Minister for
Euro-Atlantic and NATO Integration Helen Khostaria and First
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Giga Bokeria all said that
they were pleased with the final language of the communique.
Khostaria and Bokeria both felt strongly that the communique
well-represented Georgia,s interests and, while recognizing
areas where the government needed to continue to reform,
welcomed eventual NATO membership. They noted that the
communique language went much further than anyone had
expected, especially with regards to the disputed
territories. In the press, Deputy Prime Minister Gia
Baramidze praised the NATO Summit as successful noting that
the communique reaffirmed that Ukraine and Georgia will
become members of NATO, and highlighted a deepening
relationship between the Alliance and Georgia. End Summary.



2. (C) Khostaria, one of the primary drafters of Georgia,s
Annual National Plan (ANP), said that initially the
government did not expect much of a mention in the
communique, and would have been happy if the message did not
backtrack from Bucharest. She said she was quite pleased
with the final language and that it went much further than
anyone expected. The Government was especially appreciative
of the constructive language on the disputed territories that
recognized Georgian territorial integrity. Khostaria
welcomed NATO's message to Russia that it must uphold its
commitments under the Sarkozy plan. She believed the
communiqe correctly stressed the need for engagement between
the alliance and Russia, while acknowledging that relations
had been impacted by the events of 2008. Khostaria said she
is looking forward to discussing the ANP further in Brussels,
likely in mid-April, and receiving the Allies, feedback.
She stressed that Georgia sees the ANP as an important
document to guide reforms, as well as a path forward toward
NATO integration.



3. (C) In a separate conversation with the Ambassador, First
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Giga Bokeria expressed
Georgia,s pleasure with the Summit Communique. He said that
Foreign Minister Vashadze also was extremely pleased and that
the language went even further than they had hoped. Bokeria
noted his surprise that "the Germans" had allowed the
inclusion of the Georgia language.



4. (U) In remarks to the press, Vice Prime Minister
Baramidze said that Georgia would base its future actions
with NATO on the communique language. He said that the
statement gives Georgia more hope that, despite many
difficulties, Georgia will overcome all obstacles and will
certainly join NATO. He added that Georgian relations with
NATO have moved from the cooperation stage to
pre-integration. He also noted that the hope the ANP would
be approved by the end of April.



5. (C) Comment: The summit communique has rejuvenated
Georgian hope for NATO following a period in which many
Georgians believed Georgia's interests had been subsumed by
geopolitical realities of European allies. The fact the NATO
as a whole made such a strong statement toward Russia is
encouraging to the Georgians. The Georgian press and our
Qencouraging to the Georgians. The Georgian press and our
contacts also see the U.S. administration as having played a
key role in the communique language, and welcome the sign of
continuing strong USG support for Georgia.
TEFFT