07ASTANA3188, KAZAKHSTAN”S APPROACH TO OSCE MINISTERIAL

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07ASTANA3188 2007-11-27 05:13 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #3188 3310513
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 270513Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1255
INFO RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE PRIORITY 1842

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 003188 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN M. O'MARA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/26/2017 
TAGS: OSCE PREL PGOV PHUM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN"S APPROACH TO OSCE MINISTERIAL 
DEPENDENT ON CHAIRMANSHIP QUESTION 
 
REF: STATE 157672 
 
Classified By: CHARGE KEVIN MILAS FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
1. (C) Poloff delivered reftel demarche on November 21 to 
Chingiz Kaskeyev, Head of the MFA's OSCE Division.  Kaskeyev 
called U.S. aims for the OSCE Ministerial praiseworthy and 
said that some of the areas highlighted by Poloff, such as 
enhanced engagement with Afghanistan, counterterrorism, and 
combating trafficking, are also of great importance for 
Kazakhstan. 
 
2. (C) Kaskeyev emphasized, however, that the "depth of 
Kazakhstan's cooperation" is fully dependent on its bid to 
chair the OSCE.  "It will be difficult to talk of 
cooperation," he said, if Kazakhstan's bid is rejected.  If 
Kazakhstan is not awarded the chairmanship, he added, all of 
Central Asia will be less likely to actively participate in 
the OSCE.  "The consequences will be sad for the OSCE - 
Central Asia relationship." 
 
3. (C) Kaskeyev told Poloff that Kazakhstan has reservations 
about some aspects of ODIHR's work, but has never denied its 
importance. Kazakhstan believes that ODIHR has a key role to 
play and should be a main channel for cooperation in Central 
Asia.  "If we chair the OSCE, ODIHR will be our main 
partner," said Kaskeyev. 
 
4. (C) Kaskeyev also noted that Kazakhstan is a strong 
supporter of the CFE treaty.  Kazakhstan, he said, hopes that 
the Adapted CFE Treaty will be ratified as quickly as 
possible.  Kazakhstan has its own security concerns on the 
Caspian and believes that the CFE treaty helps to ensure that 
the region is better secured against new challenges, 
according to Kaskeyev. 
Milas

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