07ASTANA927, KAZAKHSTAN: PUSH CONTINUES ON CTR VAT ISSUE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07ASTANA927 2007-04-12 00:50 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO2049
RR RUEHDBU RUEHLN RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHTA #0927 1020050
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 120050Z APR 07 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9055
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0121
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC 0024
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUEAADN/DTRA DULLES WASHDC

UNCLAS ASTANA 000927 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA), SCA/RA (A.CUMMINGS) 
SECDEF FOR ATSD/NCB/CT/TR AND ASD/ISP/TSP/CP/CTR 
DTRA FOR BYRD 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PARM PREL KNNP KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: PUSH CONTINUES ON CTR VAT ISSUE 
 
REF: A. ASTANA 906 B. ASTANA 860 
 
1. (SBU) On April 10, the Ambassador met with Deputy Head of 
Presidential Administration Vladimir Shkolnik to urge his 
support in finding a solution to the value added tax issue 
threatening the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program in 
Kazakhstan. Shkolnik, a former Minister of Energy and Natural 
Resources and still an influential player on 
non-proliferation issues, expressed confidence that the VAT 
issue would be resolved and promised to do what he could to 
help.  The Ambassador also sent letters to the Ministers of 
Finance, Health, Energy and Mineral Resources, and Foreign 
Affairs reiterating the need for concrete progress by April 
15.  DTRA is in close contact with the members of the tax 
committee, who have requested a number of documents prior to 
the next meeting of the VAT Commission on April 12. 
 
2. (SBU) Comment: Shkolnik joined the list of high-ranking 
figures, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of 
Finance, who have promised that the VAT issue will be 
resolved before DOD's April 15 deadline. Post remains hopeful 
that this high-level support will create the necessary 
momentum for a quick resolution from Kazakhstan's 
decision-shy bureaucracy.  End comment 
ORDWAY

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