07ASTANA924, KAZAKHSTAN: SPANISH FM MORATINOS SEES HOPE FOR POLITICAL

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07ASTANA924 2007-04-12 00:49 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO2045
PP RUEHDBU RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #0924 1020049
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 120049Z APR 07 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9054
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0120
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID 0090
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE 1715

UNCLAS ASTANA 000924 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: SPANISH FM MORATINOS SEES HOPE FOR POLITICAL 
REFORM 
 
REF: Astana 515 
 
1. (SBU) OSCE Chairman-in-Office Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel 
Moratinos wrapped up his two-day visit to Kazakhstan with a briefing 
on April 11 for the press and diplomatic corps.  Echoing the April 
10 OSCE press release, Moratinos said that it was vital for 
Kazakhstan to make concrete progress on political reform in order to 
obtain consensus support for the chairmanship. 
 
2. (SBU) In a separate conversation with Pol-Econ Chief, Moratinos 
said that his meetings with President Nazarbayev, Prime Minister 
Masimov, and others had left him with the impression that it might 
yet be possible for Kazakhstan to pursue real reform in time for a 
positive decision on the CiO bid. 
 
3. (SBU) Comment: Post holds out hope that the working group created 
by President Nazarbayev in February (reftel) will put forward draft 
legislation that will increase the ability of Kazakhstani citizens 
to influence their government.  There are still few signs, however, 
that those at the highest levels of the Kazakhstani government are 
ready for anything more than incremental changes.  End comment. 
 
ORDWAY

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