07ASTANA1266, KAZAKHSTAN’S COMMITMENT TO IRAQ FIRM

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07ASTANA1266 2007-05-11 07:54 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO2188
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHTA #1266 1310754
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 110754Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9421
INFO RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY 0025
RUEHTA/USDAO ASTANA KZ PRIORITY 0007
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY 0035
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0162

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 001266 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN (O'MARA) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/15/2017 
TAGS: PTER MARS MASS MOPS PREL PTER IZ KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN'S COMMITMENT TO IRAQ FIRM 
 
REF: STATE 55436 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Deborah Mennuti; 
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1. (C) Post regularly discusses Kazakhstan's troop 
commitments in Iraq with government interlocutors, and all 
indications are that President Nazarbayev's commitment 
remains firm.  Kazakhstan conducted its most recent troop 
rotation at the end of April, sending a new contingent of 
soldiers to Iraq for six months of service.  While the 
Kazakhstani government might reconsider its position if its 
soldiers suffer casualties or the coalition country with 
which it works in Iraq pulls out and a suitable alternative 
is not found, at present there is no reason for it to do so. 
 
 
2. (SBU)  We will have an opportunity to review this issue 
once again with the GOK at a high level in late May and 
mid-June during the respective Astana visits of the Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Central Asia and the 
CENTCOM Commander. 
ORDWAY

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