07ASTANA1709, KAZAKHSTAN: SCO HAS NO PLANS TO USE THE BISHKEK

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07ASTANA1709 2007-06-20 00:14 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO0119
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHTA #1709 1710014
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 200014Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9863
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0005
RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK 8037
RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE 2159
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 2121
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0337
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 1417
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 0463
RUEHNT/AMEMBASSY TASHKENT 7935
RUEHUM/AMEMBASSY ULANBATAAR 0123

S E C R E T ASTANA 001709 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA AND EAP/CM 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/19/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PREL MARR MOPS KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN:  SCO HAS NO PLANS TO USE THE BISHKEK 
SUMMIT TO CALL FOR WESTERN TROOP WITHDRAWALS 
 
REF: A. STATE 77753 
     B. ASTANA 1668 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Deborah Mennuti, reasons 1.4(B) and (D). 
 
1. (S)  On June 15, Poloff delivered Ref A demarche on the 
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to Yerlan Shamishev, 
Chief of the SCO Security Section in the Asian Cooperation 
Department of the Kazakhstani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
Shamishev assured Poloff that as of the present time, the SCO 
had no plans to repeat any statement similar to that made 
during the 2005 summit critical of U.S. and Western forces 
and would not ask to expel troops from the Manas Air Base. 
Shamishev said that Kazakhstan's position was to minimize 
calls to dismantle or pull out international coalition forces 
from Central Asia and explained that Kazakhstan does not 
believe it is in their best interest to aggravate the current 
balance.  Although there is no U.S. military presence in 
Kazakhstan, he reminded Poloff that Kazakhstani air space is 
open to coalition needs.  He hopes Kyrgyzstan will avoid 
tensions with the West by avoiding any pressure to call for a 
withdrawal of U.S. forces. 
 
2. (C) During his June 5-6 meetings with GOK officials (Ref 
B), Assistant Secretary Boucher urged that the Manas airbase 
not be discussed officially during SCO summit.  State 
Secretary Saudabayev promised to discuss the issue with 
 
SIPDIS 
President Nazarbayev and try to keep it off the summit agenda. 
ORDWAY

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