06ASTANA45, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: SMALLPOX DEMARCHE TO KAZAKHSTAN

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06ASTANA45 2006-05-24 05:38 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO5198
PP RUEHAST
DE RUEHAST #0045 1440538
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 240538Z MAY 06
FM USOFFICE ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0130
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0002
RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHINGTON DC
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ASTANA 0132

UNCLAS ASTANA 000045 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL AORC TBIO WHO KZ
SUBJECT: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: SMALLPOX DEMARCHE TO KAZAKHSTAN 
 
REF: STATE 71569 
 
1.  Post delivered reftel demarche on May 17 to Almatbek 
Demesinov, Head of the UN division at the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs (MFA).  Demesinov stated that MFA concurred with the USG 
position in principle but needed to consult with the Ministry of 
Health before issuing a concrete response.  On May 23, Gaukhar 
Ashirbekova, of the MFA's World Health Organization desk, told 
Post that MFA has sent a letter to the Kazakhstani Embassy in 
Geneva with instructions to support the USG's position on 
smallpox repositories.  Kazakhstan's Health Minister Erbolat 
Dossayev and Ambassador to Switzerland Kayrat Abuseitov will be 
attending the upcoming World Health Assembly conference. 
 
TRACY

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