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07ASTANA1842, KAZAKHSTAN: CIVIL AVIATION COMMITTEE SUGGESTS NEGOTIATIONS

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07ASTANA1842 2007-07-06 10:23 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO4992
PP RUEHAST
DE RUEHTA #1842 1871023
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 061023Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9997
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC 0050

UNCLAS ASTANA 001842 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN (O'MARA), PM/SNA (LOFTIS) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAIR MARR MOPS PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: CIVIL AVIATION COMMITTEE SUGGESTS NEGOTIATIONS 
ON STATE AIRCRAFT FEES AGREEMENT 
 
REF: Astana 1220 and previous 
 
1. (SBU) Summary:  The two Kazakhstani entities with the greatest 
interest in concluding a State Aircraft Fees Agreement with the 
U.S., the Civil Aviation Committee and KazAeroNavigatsiya, believe 
that the time is ripe for a U.S. negotiating team to come to Astana 
to conclude negotiations and initial the text.  Post agrees that 
bringing a U.S. delegation would help speed up the sclerotic 
Kazakhstani interagency review process.  End summary. 
 
2. (SBU) Pol-Econ Chief, Econoff, and Economic Specialist met on 
July 2 with Radilbek Adimolda, Deputy Chairman of the Civil Aviation 
Committee of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, to 
discuss the current status of negotiations on the State Aircraft 
Fees Agreement (SAFA).  Marat Dautaliyev, KazAeroNavigatsiya's 
Astana-based Deputy General Director, also participated in the 
meeting. 
 
3. (SBU) Adimolda confirmed that the MFA had circulated the draft 
SAFA text for interagency review, and that many of the relevant 
ministries had already submitted their comments.  The Ministry of 
Defense has no objections to the current language of the agreement. 
The Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning objected to the 
reference to commercial aircraft in Article I (which Adimolda 
acknowledged was added specifically to address Kazakhstani 
concerns).  The Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies (ARNM), 
which regulates KazAeroNavigatsiya, opposed waiving the fees 
retroactively and wanted some part of the GOK to make up for the 
financial "gap" created by exemptions for U.S. state aircraft. 
Adimolda indicated that once all the comments were in, the relevant 
ministries would meet to decide which objections had merit and 
should be conveyed formally to the U.S. 
 
4. (SBU) Adimolda said that he sees a need for engagement between a 
U.S. delegation and a GOK interagency working group headed by a Vice 
Minister of Transport and Communications.  The delegations, he 
added, should be of high enough level to be able to make decisions 
and initial the agreement.  It would then need to be sent for final 
interagency review, signed, and ratified.  Adimolda remarked that 
additional information regarding how the U.S. has resolved this 
issue with other CIS countries would be helpful in garnering support 
for the agreement. 
 
5. (SBU) Comment:  Post believes that sending a USG delegation to 
Astana with the authority to initial an agreement would give 
additional impetus to the Kazakhstani review process and bring us 
closer to resolving the long-standing aircraft fees issue.  End 
comment. 
 
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07ASTANA1840, KAZAKHSTAN: BRIEFING ON NUCLEAR ENERGY AND

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07ASTANA1840 2007-07-06 08:45 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0002
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #1840 1870845
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 060845Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9995
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 1429

UNCLAS ASTANA 001840 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SCA/CEN FOR M. O'MARA 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PARM KNNP KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: BRIEFING ON NUCLEAR ENERGY AND 
NONPROLIFERATION DECLARATION 
 
REF: STATE 93192 
 
On July 6, Poloff and his Russian Embassy counterpart 
delivered reftel information to Kayrat Sarzhanov, Ministry of 
Foreign Affairs Section for International Security Advisor. 
Sarzhanov welcomed the information and said that Kazakhstan 
is focused on further developing its nuclear industry.  He 
noted that Kazakhstan and Russia are already cooperating to 
create an international uranium enrichment center in Angarsk. 
 Sarzhanov also emphasized that Kazakhstan will be fully open 
and transparent about its nuclear program.  In August, he 
said, Kazakhstan will host a seminar for CIS countries that 
have not yet ratified the IAEA additional protocol. 
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07ASTANA1837, KAZAKHSTAN: NATO PFP DESTRUCTION PROJECT MEMORANDUM PASSED

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07ASTANA1837 2007-07-06 08:20 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0003
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #1837 1870820
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 060820Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 9990

UNCLAS ASTANA 001837 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR PM/WRA (BAKER); SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA) 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: NATO PFP DESTRUCTION PROJECT MEMORANDUM PASSED 
BY MAZHILIS AND SENATE 
 
REF:  06 STATE 194986 
 
1. (SBU) On June 20, the Mazhilis ratified the memorandum for the 
NATO Partnership for Peace-sponsored destruction of Kazakhstani 
small arms and light weapons.  On June 28, the Senate followed suit 
and passed the memo, forwarding it to the desk of the president. 
According to the press, Deputy Defense Minister Bolat Sembinov said 
that the project would support the Ministry's "high priority project 
to destroy over 27,000 units of surplus out-of-date small arms and 
over 300 substandard missiles" (i.e. MANPADS, reftel). 
 
2. (U) According to Kazakhstani law, the president now has one month 
to sign the memo, finalizing the process by the end of July. 
 
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