06ASTANA33, AMBASSADOR AND MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS DISCUSS UPCOMING

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06ASTANA33 2006-04-19 13:31 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 191331Z APR 06
FM USOFFICE ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0107
INFO RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ALMATY PRIORITY 0101
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0019
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE 0045
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ASTANA 0109

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 000033 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/CEN (J. MUDGE), INL (M. MCCOWAN) AND G/TIP 
(M. HALL) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KCRM KDEM PGOV PREL SMIG SNAR KZ
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR AND MINISTER OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS DISCUSS UPCOMING 
VISIT AND BILATERAL COOPERATION 
 
 
ASTANA 00000033  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
1.  (SBU) SUMMARY:  On April 18, Ambassador Ordway met with 
Minister of Internal Affairs Baurzhan Mukhamedzhanov to discuss 
the early May VIP visit and progress on bilateral 
counter-narcotics, anti-trafficking in persons, and security 
cooperation.  Vice Minister of Internal Affairs Alek Shpekbayev 
also attended the meeting. End Summary. 
 
PREPARING FOR VIP VISIT 
 
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2.  (SBU) The Ambassador expressed appreciation for the Ministry 
of Internal Affairs' (MVD) support of previous VIP visits and 
looked forward to the MVD's cooperation and support for the 
upcoming VIP visit.  Minister Mukhamedzhanov assured the 
Ambassador that all agencies concerned are preparing for the 
upcoming VIP visit and the highest level of security would be 
provided for the party. 
 
CARICC AND COUNTER-NARCOTICS COOPERATION 
 
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3.  (SBU) Mukhamedzhanov confirmed that the Central Asia 
Regional Information Coordination Center (CARICC), an 
intergovernmental anti-narcotics center, will be located in 
Almaty and will likely be headed by a Kazakhstani.  The center 
is joint initiative of the signatories to a May 1996 the United 
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) cooperation 
memorandum, ratified by all five Central Asian countries. 
Russia and Azerbaijan joined the group at a later date. 
Kazakhstan lobbied successfully for CARICC to be located in 
Almaty, the base for many regional offices of international 
organizations.  While a director has not been chosen, 
Mukhamedzhanov indicated that the ideal candidate to lead CARICC 
would combine law enforcement expertise with the skills of a 
diplomat.  Mukhamedzhanov commented his choice would be Anatoliy 
Vyborov, currently chairman of the MVD anti-narcotics committee. 
 
4.  (SBU) According to Mukhamedzhanov, drugs are an increasing 
problem for Kazakhstan and other countries in the region.  The 
most common corridor for narcotics trafficking, especially 
heroin, runs from Afghanistan via Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and 
Kazakhstan on to Russia and Western Europe. However, other 
routes are becoming popular: via Iran, over the Caspian Sea, and 
through Turkey into Central Asia and beyond.   Mukhamedzhanov 
expressed concern about reports that the volume of heroin 
production in Afghanistan has increased, which would be expected 
to increase trafficking through Kazakhstan.  He estimated that 
hundreds of kilograms of heroin are trafficked via Kazakhstan 
every day.  Although he did not give statistics, Mukhamedzhanov 
lamented that only a small portion of this contraband is seized. 
 He indicated that he consistently raised anti-narcotics 
concerns to President Nazarbayev. (Note:  Official statistics 
show that only 160 kilograms of heroin were seized in 2005. End 
Note) 
 
ANTI-TRAFFICKING: INVESTIGATIONS, STATISTICS AND TRAINING 
 
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5.  (SBU) Turning to anti-trafficking efforts, Ambassador Ordway 
expressed dismay that law enforcement and prosecution numbers 
were down over the past year.  He noted difficulties this year 
in obtaining precise statistics related to trafficking in 
persons (TIP).  Mukhamedzhanov acknowledged that TIP was a 
serious problem, which Kazakhstan had taken steps to address 
over the last five years.  According to Mukhamedzhanov, the MVD 
noted an increase in cases of women trafficked from Uzbekistan 
to Kazakhstan for sexual exploitation.  In Southern Kazakhstan, 
the MVD had evidence that organized crime syndicates were 
facilitating this type of trafficking.  He noted that smaller 
numbers of women are trafficked from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan 
for the same purpose.  Kazakhstani women are also trafficked 
abroad, often to "Arab countries." 
 
6.  (SBU) According to Mukhamedzhanov, in 2006, seven criminal 
investigations were begun on trafficking of persons from 
Kazakhstan abroad, nearly matching the nine cases for all of 
2005.  Legislative amendments enacted in March, he said, 
significantly toughen and expand criminal liability for 
trafficking crimes. 
 
7.  (SBU) The Ambassador mentioned that during his March visit 
to Karaganda, he had an opportunity to visit the MVD Academy, 
 
ASTANA 00000033  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
which is proposing to open an anti-TIP training center with some 
USG assistance.  Mukhamedzhanov reiterated his personal 
commitment to seeing the project through. 
 
UPCOMING A/S PATTERSON VISIT 
 
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8.  (SBU) Finally, the Ambassador informed Mukhamedzhanov of the 
upcoming visit to Astana of Assistant Secretary for 
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Anne 
Patterson.  Minister Mukhamedzhanov welcomed this visit and 
promised to come up with proposals for a future U.S.-KZ workshop 
or roundtable where Kazakhstan's counter-narcotics strategy 
could be discussed.  The Minister lamented the Soviet-era 
training of senior law enforcement personnel which had left them 
woefully unprepared for transnational crime issues. 
TRACY

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