06ASTANA814, KAZAKHSTAN AGREES TO RECEIVE DETAINEES IN DECEMBER

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06ASTANA814 2006-12-11 12:45 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Astana

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ZNY SSSSS ZZH (CCY TEXT - WSC2141 - AD59CF1C - 555)
O 111245Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7917
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE

S E C R E T ASTANA 000814 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR S/WCI (STAMILIO, MUBANGU), L/PM (A. HAINES), 
SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA), DOD/OGC (BEAVER), OUSD/DETAINEE POLICY 
(LIOTTA), NSC (CAMPONOVO) 
 
C O R R E C T E D  C O P Y - TEXT 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/11/2016 
TAGS: PREL PTER PHUM PINS KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN AGREES TO RECEIVE DETAINEES IN DECEMBER 
 
REF: A. STATE 194431 
 
     B. ASTANA 502 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Deborah Mennuti, reasons 1.4 
(B) and (D). 
 
1. (S/NF) Summary:  The Kazakhstani government has agreed to 
accept the return of its citizens from Guantanamo in 
December, and wants the transfer to take place in Almaty 
rather than Astana as proposed by the U.S.  The MFA maintains 
that the KNB insists on receiving records of interrogations 
of the three individuals at Guantanamo, in addition to the 
summary reports already received.   End summary. 
 
2. (SBU) Pol-Econ chief met with Ualikhan Saginkhanov, head 
of the Europe and Americas division of the MFA's Consular 
Department, on December 11 to discuss the Ref A message on 
transfer of Guantanamo detainees.  Saginkhanov presented a 
diplomatic note agreeing to receive the individuals during 
the December 10-17 timeframe. 
 
3. (S) Informal embassy translation of diplomatic note 
4-13-1-1-10017, dated December 11, 2006: 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States 
of America in the Republic of Kazakhstan and, in response to 
the Embassy's note No. 1180/06 of December 4, 2006, has the 
honor to report that the Kazakhstani side is ready to receive 
on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. B. 
Abykhanov, S.T. Arupov, and I.T. Batayev during the December 
10-17 timeframe at the Almaty airport. 
 
As a result of this, the Kazakhstani side requests the U.S. 
side to provide, no later than December 14, 2006, information 
about the date and time of arrival of the above-mentioned 
citizens. 
 
Representatives of the Consular Department of the Ministry of 
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as 
competent agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, will be 
present during the transfer of the above-named citizens of 
Kazakhstan. 
 
The individuals transferred by the American side will be 
documented and escorted to their place of residence, with 
subsequent registration and recording. 
 
With regard to the transfer of the above-named citizens of 
Kazakhstan "to the exclusive custody of the Government of 
Kazakhstan," as mentioned in the U.S. Embassy's note No. 
1180/06 of December 4, 2006, the Kazakhstani side kindly 
calls attention to the note of the Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. I-13-1-1/1921 of 
November 6, 2006, in which it was reported that "in 
accordance with national legislation, it would be possible to 
enter the transferred persons into appropriate national or 
international watch lists, restrict their travel outside the 
country, confiscate their passports or deny them permission 
to travel only in case of their prosecution for the 
commission of criminal acts, in accordance with the 
established procedures, and the imposition of preventive 
punishment restricting their constitutional rights, including 
freedom of movement." 
 
In addition, "in accordance with the legislation of the 
Republic of Kazakhstan a capable citizen of Kazakhstan should 
himself bear all responsibility for his actions and conduct, 
including criminal responsibility." 
 
Along with this, the Kazakhstani side repeats its request 
that the American side, in the shortest possible time frame, 
provide legalized and operative materials about the 
circumstances under which the above-named Kazakhstani 
citizens were detained in Afghanistan, testimony during 
questioning, and any other information confirming their 
involvement in terrorist activity. 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
avails itself of the opportunity to renew to the U.S. Embassy 
the assurances of its highest consideration. 
 
End text of translation. 
 
4. (S/NF) Saginkhanov emphasized several times the importance 
of receiving detailed records from the interrogations at 
Guantanamo.  The KNB needed this information in order to 
 
fully understand the threat that the individuals might pose, 
he said.  He acknowledged that the U.S. had already provided 
a significant amount of information about the three 
individuals in question, but maintained that after detaining 
the three Kazakhstanis for so long U.S. authorities must have 
much more detailed records from numerous interrogations. 
Pol-econ chief promised to convey the urgency of the request 
to Washington but cautioned that additional documents might 
simply not exist.  Saginkhanov said that the Kazakhstani 
government considered it "imperative" that additional 
information be conveyed through intelligence channels either 
in advance of the transfer, or simultaneously.  "Kazakhstan 
is meeting the U.S. halfway on this," Saginkhanov said.  "If 
the U.S. declines to share additional information, it will be 
percei
ved very badly." 
 
5. (S/NF) Saginkhanov highlighted the fact that Kazakhstan 
wants the transfer to take place at the Almaty airport, 
rather than in Astana as proposed by the U.S.  (Note:  Post 
will modify the pending overflight request accordingly.  End 
note.)  He also requested that the U.S. provide two 3 cm x 4 
cm photos of each detainee upon arrival, to facilitate the 
immediate issuance of identity documents. 
 
6. (S/NF) Comment:  In the interest of sustaining good 
cooperation with Kazakhstan on the return of detainees, 
including the fourth Kazakhstani citizen who will presumably 
be returned in the future, post urges Washington agencies to 
give full consideration to the Kazakhstani request for 
interrogation records with a view toward maximum possible 
transparency.  If it is determined that no additional 
information can be shared, post requests advance warning in 
order to be equipped to resolve any conflicts that may arise 
during the transfer process.  End comment. 
ORDWAY

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