07ASTANA128, KAZAKHSTAN: REACHING OUT TO THE U.S. ON REDUCING ILLEGAL

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07ASTANA128 2007-01-17 08:16 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO9726
RR RUEHDBU RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #0128 0170816
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 170816Z JAN 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8184
INFO RHEHAAA/WHITE HOUSE WASHDC
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0001

UNCLAS ASTANA 000128 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR INL (ALTON AND DISSELKOEN), SCA/CEN (OMARA), SCA/RA (LEE), 
WHITE HOUSE FOR ONDCP 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR PGOV KCRM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: REACHING OUT TO THE U.S. ON REDUCING ILLEGAL 
DRUG DEMAND 
 
REF: A) 06 STATE 167469 B) 06 USOffice Astana 0131 C) 06 AmEmbassy 
Astana 188 
 
1. (SBU) Summary: While discussing our non-paper on U.S. policy on 
testing secondary school students for drugs, the Head of Youth 
Policy at the Ministry of Education said that not only law 
enforcement agencies but MinEd too was now providing grants to NGOs 
to create anti-drug programs and implementing programs "in house." 
He asked for U.S. assistance to implement some of the interesting 
anti-drug program ideas he learned from ONDCP during a recent visit 
to Washington to discuss counter-narcotics strategy.  He promised to 
provide a written proposal shortly.  End summary. 
 
2. (SBU) On January 9, Emboffs delivered Ref A points regarding U.S. 
policy on testing secondary school students for drugs to Nurlan 
Suleimenovich Uteshev, Head of the Youth Policy Department of the 
Ministry of Education and Science.  A copy of the information was 
left as a non-paper.  Uteshev thanked us for the information and 
promised to distribute the paper to appropriate offices and agencies 
promptly. 
 
2. (SBU) Responding to questions about the MinEd approach to demand 
reduction, Uteshev said that his ministry was actively involved in 
creating programs to publicize the anti-drug message (Ref B). 
Previously, anti-drug programs were under the purview of law 
enforcement agencies but Uteshev said the approach had shifted and 
the role of other ministries was being enhanced. 
 
3. (SBU) Uteshev elaborated, saying that previously the MinEd 
distributed a portion of its demand reduction budget to NGOs and 
used the remainder to implement its own demand reduction program. 
This year MinEd changed its approach and granted almost all the 
funding to local organizations to conduct anti-drug campaigns.  He 
said that MinEd retained only a small portion of the funds in order 
to oversee the implementation of the grants. 
 
4. (SBU) Noting the interesting possibilities he learned from the 
Office of National Drug Control Policy briefings during his recent 
trip to the United States, Uteshev advocated cooperation between INL 
and his ministry to create a partnership to improve demand reduction 
efforts in Kazakhstan.  (Note: Uteshev was a member of a December 
2006 INL-sponsored counter-narcotics delegation to Washington. End 
note.)  He suggested expanding the outreach program to include radio 
and television spots, internet ads, cultural and sports 
competitions, involvement of student associations, youth wings of 
political parties, and other local organizations.  He emphasized 
cooperation, saying that the ministry had money to contribute to the 
proposed venture and did not expect the U.S. to fund everything.  To 
begin the cooperative venture, Uteshev suggested focusing the 
project on Astana within the framework of the government's program 
"Astana - drug free city" (Ref C) and not try to launch a program 
encompassing the entire country. 
 
5. (U) Uteshev said he will provide a written proposal for the 
proposed venture shortly. 
 
MILAS

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