06ASTANA669, KAZAKHSTAN: INITIAL INTEREST IN GPOI

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06ASTANA669 2006-11-27 05:21 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO8610
PP RUEHAST
DE RUEHTA #0669 3310521
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 270521Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7779
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY

UNCLAS ASTANA 000669 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA),PM/PPA (R. FEATHERSTONE) 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KPKO MARR MASS KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: INITIAL INTEREST IN GPOI 
 
REF: STATE 170904 
 
1. (SBU) Pol-Econ Chief conveyed reftel points and fact sheet to 
Murat Tashibayev, director of the MFA's Department of International 
Organizations and Security Issues, on November 2.  Olzhas Togyzbayev 
from the Security Affairs office also participated in the meeting. 
Tashibayev expressed interest in the possibility of expanding 
cooperation on peacekeeping, noting that a contingent of KazBat 
soldiers is on the ground in Iraq.  He added that Kazakhstani forces 
are formally part of the UN's reserve. 
 
2. (SBU) Tashibayev promised to forward the information for 
appropriate review within the MFA.  He noted that the opinion of the 
Ministry of Defense would also be a key factor in Kazakhstan's 
response to the proposal. 
 
3. (SBU) The Ministry of Defense has expressed interest in 
cooperation through GPOI to post's Office of Military Cooperation. 
In fact, they have requested that GPOI be on the agenda during the 
December 6-8 Five Year Plan conference to be held in Tampa.  MOD but 
is waiting for a specific proposal before responding definitively, 
however. OMC is coordinating with DSCA on the proposal. 
 
ORDWAY

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