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Cablegate: Georgia Letter to G8 Speakers On Russian Actions

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SUBJECT: GEORGIA LETTER TO G8 SPEAKERS ON RUSSIAN ACTIONS

1. (U) The Embassy of Georgia in Tokyo delivered the
following letter from the Chairman of Georgia's Parliament
under cover of diplomatic note. The letter was addressed to
the delegations attending Japan's G8 Speakers' Meeting in
Tokyo and Hiroshima, September 1-3. A copy of the letter has
been sent directly to Speaker Pelosi's office.

2. (SBU) Begin Letter Text:


Dear Colleague,

Allow me to address you in this very difficult for my country
period, when Russia has attacked young Georgian democracy and
continues to occupy and annex part of the country.

The whole world has been witnessing the brutality of Russian
actions, including indiscriminate bombings of the civilian
population of Georgia. Acting under the pretext of defending
own citizens, Russia in fact carried out large-scale ethnic
cleansing of the local Georgian population in the conflict
regions. More than hundred thousand citizens had to flee
from the territories occupied by Russian military and their
accompanying paramilitary units.

Moscow claimed Russia had no designs on our territory. Why
then did it bomb about 30 different Georgian cities and
villages? Why did it occupy Georgian city such as Gori? Why
does it continue to occupy our strategic port of Poti? And
why did it rush to illegally recognize the independence of
Abkhazia and South Ossetia, eschewing diplomacy or any
peaceful means of conflict resolution?

My country has called for an international investigation of
the facts surrounding the start of the war, and of the real
and alleged atrocities that have taken place on our soil.

Georgia had nothing to gain and everything to lose from
military conflict. Our economy was growing at the fastest
pace in Europe. After a brief period of domestic political
tension, two elections hailed as free and fair by
international observers confirmed our democratic credentials.
This is why our Government had been striving so hard in
recent months to promote a peace plan for Abkhazia and South
Ossetia -- a plan championed by the international community
and effectively blocked by Russia within the OSCE and the UN
SC. Russia responded to the progress being made in resolving
the conflicts by escalating its provocations throughout the
spring and early summer. It became evident that ending the
conflicts did not serve Moscow,s purposes.

Now, more than ever, the state and the people of Georgia need
unswerving support from the international community.

The resolve and moral clarity with which the international
community responds to this crisis, I believe, will have
long-term consequences for the entire Euro-Atlantic
community. While Russia repeatedly defies the EU-mediated
ceasefire and belittles international efforts to end to the
invasion, it is incumbent upon us to forge a firm, united
front.

As Georgia begins to rebuild with the indispensable help of
our allies, we are hopeful that some good might come of this
tragedy.

This war was never about South Ossetia or Georgia. Moscow is
using its invasion, prepared over years, to rebuild its
sphere of influence, seize greater control of Europe's energy
supplies, and punish those who believed democracy could
flourish on its borders. While this reality is distressing,
eliminating illusions about Moscow's goals allows us to
develop an effective political response.

The invasion's toll on Georgia has been devastating: Hundreds
have died and there are over 100,000 new IDPs and refugees.
Russian bombers targeted our economic infrastructure,
destroying roads, ports, factories, and civilian housing; we
estimate rebuilding costs of between (euro) 1-2 billion.
But Moscow's boldest gambit -- its overt efforts at
overthrowing democratically elected government in Georgia --
failed. My country stands more united than ever.
I believe the most potent international response to Russia is
to stay united and firm by providing immediate material and
political support to Georgia. Intensive international
engagement is needed to resolve conflicts on the basis of
international law and declared will of all local residents.
Backing Georgia with world's political and financial
institutions is a powerful response. If Moscow is trying to
subvert our independence using its lethal tools, we must
resist with democratic tools that have sustained more than 60
years of peace in Europe.

Excellency, allow me to use this opportunity to extend my
appreciation for Your and your country's active support of
Georgia. I hope our fruitful cooperation finally will bring
lasting peace to my country and entire region.

Sincerely,

/s/

David Bakradze

End Letter Text.


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