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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 086603

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/11/2018
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT GG

CLASSIFIED BY THOMAS T. JUNG, SENIOR WATCH OFFICER, S/ES-O, FOR REASONS 1.4(B) AND (D) MILITARY SITUATION ON THE GROUND ------------------------------------------

1. (C) Embassy Tbilisi confirms that Russian aircraft bombed Gori on the morning of August 12, targeting Gori University, the Post Office, and the military hospital. Two blasts were reported in Tbilisi, including one at the SU-25 factory near the airport. (Tbilisi 1362)

2. (C) OSCE reports Russian troops pulled out of Gori toward South Ossetia. UNOMIG confirms Russian troops left Senaki military base after destroying its infrastructure. Russian troops remain in Zugdidi. (Tbilisi 1362)

3. (SBU) The port of Poti is open, but Russian naval vessels are turning ships away. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon)

4. (SBU) The Georgian Embassy reports Russian and South Ossetian forces are arresting ethnic Georgians in the village of Mereti in South Ossetia. (TF/Georgian Embassy telcon)

5. (U) Georgia filed a lawsuit alleging ethnic cleansing by Russia at the International Court of Justice. (Reuters)

6. (U) British Petroleum shut the Baku-Supsa pipeline as a precaution. (Reuters)

DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS
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7. (U) Russian and French presidents announced a six- point plan:
1) Russian agreement to conclude military operations;
2) the return of Russian armed forces to the line preceding the beginning of operations;
3) a no- first-use- of-force pledge in Georgia;
4) a return of Georgian armed forces to their pre-conflict locations;
5) free access for humanitarian assistance; and
6) international consideration of the South Ossetia and Abkhazia issues. (CNN)

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE -----------------

8. (SBU) PM Gurgenidze presented a reconstruction package to Embassy Tbilisi. The proposal seeks $1 billion to create a five-year loan facility for the National Bank of Georgia to rehabilitate the port of Poti, roads, and agribusiness, and to develop a settlement facility for internally displaced persons (IDPs). (Tbilisi 1367)

9. (SBU) The Minister of Health stated he must personally approve all humanitarian shipments; flight clearance will be tied to his authorization. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon) STATE 00086603 002 OF 002

10. (SBU) Embassy Tbilisi will submit a formal request for a Disaster Assistance Response Team on August 13; 60,000 IDPs are expected from the conflict. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon)

11. (SBU) Two C-17s and two C-130s with an ESAT team and humanitarian assistance will arrive in Tbilisi within the next couple of days. Embassy Moscow demarched the Russian MFA on the flights. (TF/Embassy Moscow e-mail)

12. (SBU) One French-sponsored EU humanitarian flight arrived August 11, delivering bedding and medical supplies, and removing 300 EU nationals. A second flight is expected August

13. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi telcon) 13. (SBU) UNHCR will request $12-$15 million to protect and assist IDPs. (Geneva 688)

14. (SBU) The Red Cross briefed Geneva missions on its $7.4 million preliminary appeal for South Ossetia. Sweden contributed $740,000 to the appeal. (Geneva 687)

15. (C) Embassy Ankara reports Turkey has provided humanitarian assistance through the Turkish Red Crescent Society, including 150 tents, bedding, and drinking water, and is considering a request for a field hospital in Gori. (Ankara 1442) STATUS OF AMCITS ----------------- 16. (SBU) Embassy Tbilisi reports more than 100 AmCits registered for the August 13 convoy to Yerevan. Embassy Yerevan reports shortages of hotel rooms and seats on flights from Yerevan. (TF/Embassy Tbilisi/Yerevan telcon)

17. (U) Minimize considered.
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