07ASTANA219, BN-350 PERMANENT DISPOSITION TALKS BEGIN

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07ASTANA219 2007-01-25 09:48 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0006
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #0219 0250948
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 250948Z JAN 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8274
INFO RUEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC PRIORITY

UNCLAS ASTANA 000219 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/CEN (O'MARA) 
DOE/NNSA FOR C. KENNEDY 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PARM MNUC KNNP KZ
SUBJECT: BN-350 PERMANENT DISPOSITION TALKS BEGIN 
SUCCESSFULLY 
 
REF: A. ASTANA 190 B. STATE 4791 C. ASTANA 93 
 
1. (U) On January 24-25, a U.S. delegation led by NNSA Deputy 
Administrator William Tobey met with Kazakhstani officials 
for initial BN-350 spent fuel program Senior Policy Group 
(SPG) discussions.  During the talks, the two sides agreed 
upon language for a draft joint communique establishing the 
framework for SPG objectives.   Under the communique, the SPG 
will establish a Technical Working Group tasked with 
exploring the technical feasibility, costs and schedule 
associated with permanent disposition options. The SPG will 
then recommend one or more permanent disposition options to 
the U.S. and Kazakhstani governments. 
 
2. (U) The communique must still clear the Kazakhstani 
interagency approval process before signature.  The 
communique states that the TWG inaugural meeting shall occur 
no later than two months from the signing of the communique. 
 
3. (SBU) Comment: The initial Senior Policy Group discussions 
on BN-350 spent fuel permanent disposition mark the beginning 
of a long and complicated process.  Merely defining the term 
"permanent disposition" in Russian occupied a healthy portion 
of the first day's discussions.  Nevertheless, the 
Kazakhstanis' willingness to hold the talks on relatively 
short notice, their establishment of a well-represented, 
multi-agency Senior Policy Group, and their cooperative 
attitude during the discussions are all positive indications 
that momentum remains from the President Nazarbayev - 
Secretary Bodman talks on permanent disposition.  End Comment 
 
SIPDIS 
MILAS

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