07ASTANA1973, KAZAKHSTAN: BORDER SECURITY DONOR MEETING

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07ASTANA1973 2007-07-23 02:06 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO9357
PP RUEHAST RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHDBU RUEHLH RUEHPW
DE RUEHTA #1973 2040206
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 230206Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0139
INFO RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY
RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL//CCJ5/
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE//ECJ5
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC//USDP/APSA-CA
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC//USDP/GSA-CN

UNCLAS ASTANA 001973 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN (OMARA), INL/AAE (BUHLER), ISN/ECC (HARTSHORNE), 
SCA/RA (CUMMINGS), CENTCOM FOR MALCOM AND ROESNER, DHS FOR CBP - 
GLYNCO 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR PGOV KCRM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: BORDER SECURITY DONOR MEETING 
 
 
1.  On July 16, Embassy Astana's International Narcotics and Law 
Enforcement Section  hosted a Border Security Donor Coordination 
Meeting.  Participants included the Deputy Head of the United 
Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) from Tashkent, the 
European Union Border Management Program in Central Asia (BOMCA), 
the Office of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), 
International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Post's offices of 
Military Cooperation (OMC), Defense Threat Reduction (DTRO), Export 
Control and Border Security (EXBS).  The participants agreed to 
create a common database of equipment and training provided to the 
Border Guards (INL will create and maintain the database), share a 
list of events planned for the year, and conduct future Donor 
Coordination Meetings with the participation of the Border Guard 
Service of the Committee for National Security. 
 
 
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BACKGROUND 
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2.  At a June 27 meeting with INL Officer and visiting ISN/ECC 
officer (EXBS), General Berkaliyev, First Deputy Head of the Border 
Guard Service of the Committee for National Security, agreed to 
regular border assistance coordination meetings with interested 
donors.  To lay the groundwork for future meetings, INL hosted a 
preparatory meeting of donors to work out a common approach for 
cooperation with the Border Guard Service. 
 
 
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WAY FORWARD 
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3.  The donors jointly decided that it would be convenient for all 
donors to participate in a common database of equipment and training 
provided to the Border Guard Service.  Zhuldyz Akisheva, UNODC 
Deputy Regional Representative for Central Asia proposed modeling 
the database on the existing web-based Paris Pact database.  INL 
Officer pointed out that that the donors would likely want a simple, 
nimble system.  Furthermore, donors agreed to  share annual plans, 
conduct joint assessment trips, and distribute trip reports and 
assessments in order to avoid duplication and overlapping projects. 
The next meeting was scheduled for September, after the August 
holiday recess. 
 
 
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COMMENT 
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4.  As with the counter-narcotics donor coordination meeting 
reported septel, having enough participants resident in Astana to 
conduct coordination meetings is a necessary and welcome first step 
in the effort to maximize impact of scarce program funding.  If 
enthusiasm and energy are any indication, the future looks bright. 
Conducting the next meeting with the participation of the 
traditionally insular Border Guards will be the true test of future 
cooperation. 
 
 
MILAS

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