07ASTANA2851, SOLANA DISCUSSES OSCE, ENERGY, AND IRAN WITH SOLANA

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07ASTANA2851 2007-10-19 05:59 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

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INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0278
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS

UNCLAS ASTANA 002851 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
SCA/CEN FOR M. O'MARA 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PREL KZ
SUBJECT: SOLANA DISCUSSES OSCE, ENERGY, AND IRAN WITH SOLANA 
 
1. (SBU) Summary:  European Union High Representative for 
External Policy and Security Javier Solana met with President 
Nazarbayev in Astana on October 10.  Solana asked Nazarbayev 
to consider the option of chairing the OSCE after 2009. 
Nazarbayev told Solana that proposed amendments to the law on 
sub-soil are not aimed at Western energy companies and 
offered to speak to Iran about its nuclear program. 
 
2. (SBU) On October 10, European Union High Representative 
for External Policy and Security Javier Solana traveled to 
Astana for meetings with President Nazarbayev, Prime Minister 
Karim Masimov, and Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin.  Spanish 
Ambassador to Kazakhstan Chamarro and British DCM Mike Welch 
provided separate briefings to DCM on the visit. Both 
reported that Solana asked Nazarbayev to consider pushing 
back Kazakhstan's bid to chair the OSCE because no consensus 
exists on 2009. According to Welch, Nazarbayev did not 
respond.  Chamarro told DCM, however, that Nazarbayev 
indicated that he would like to be flexible, but that the CIS 
endorsement of Kazakhstan's bid has limited his ability to 
compromise. Solana told Nazarbayev that the EU expects 
further democratic reform in Kazakhstan, highlighting the 
need for better media and electoral laws, enhanced freedom of 
assembly guarantees, and more effective avenues for the 
opposition to engage with the public. 
 
3.  (SBU) Nazarbayev told Solana that Kazakhstan is ready to 
contribute more to Afghanistan's reconstruction, but cannot 
provide troops.  Nazarbayev expressed his willingness to 
speak to Iran about its nuclear ambitions.  Kazakhstan aims 
to become the world's largest exporter of uranium, said 
Nazarabayev, but will not export to Iran until it fully meets 
its IAEA obligations. The two discussed the EU - Central Asia 
strategy, with Nazarbayev questioning whether the plan will 
lead to concrete action. 
 
4.  (SBU) Nazarbayev assured Solana that proposed amendments 
to Kazakhstan's law on sub-soil use are not aimed at Western 
companies.  He also claimed that the amendments do not apply 
retroactively. (Note:  He is incorrect.) On Kashagan, 
Nazarbayev told Solana that Kazakhstan will not take radical 
action and seeks to reach a deal within the framework of the 
existing production sharing agreement. 
Ordway

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