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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL RS GG AS
SUBJECT: AUSTRALIA ON REBUTTING RUSSIAN MISSTATEMENTS ON
GEORGIA

REF: STATE 98030

1. (U) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to Annabel Anderson,
Assistant Secretary for Northern, Southern and Eastern
Europe, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on September
16.

2. (SBU) In a preliminary response, Anderson said the U.S.
position on Russia's claims about Georgia tracked perfectly
with the GOA understanding. She noted that Foreign Minister
Smith had released a statement on August 14 asserting
Russia's military action had been "disproportionate,"
resulting in widespread damage and heavy casualties, and
calling on Russia to honor the terms of the ceasefire,
respect the territorial integrity of Georgia, and resolve its
differences with Georgia through peaceful means.

3. (SBU) Anderson took on board the U.S. request for another
strong statement to counter Russian misrepresentations about
Georgia, promising a more detailed response at a later time.

MCCALLUM

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