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. 
 
MILAS

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