08ASTANA433, JAPAN AND UK TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR PHYSICAL

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08ASTANA433 2008-03-06 11:06 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ4555
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #0433 0661106
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 061106Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1888
INFO RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC

UNCLAS ASTANA 000433 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
SCA/CEN FOR M. O'MARA 
DOE FOR C. KENNEDY 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KNNP KGIC MCAP KZ
SUBJECT: JAPAN AND UK TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR PHYSICAL 
PROTECTION UPGRADES AT ALATAU AND ULBA 
 
 
1. (SBU) On March 5, PolOff met with embassy representatives 
from Japan and the United Kingdom to discuss the projects of 
their countries at the Institute for Nuclear Physics (INP) in 
Alatau and at the Ulba Metallurgical Plant.  Both the U.K. 
and Japan are focusing on physical protection projects. 
 
2. (SBU) Martin Child, Political Officer at the British 
Embassy, told Poloff that the United Kingdom intends to 
provide over $550,000 to INP for security upgrades.  The 
funding will pay for a closed circuit television system and 
an alarm system.  Child said that $1.5 million is needed to 
fully complete the security upgrade at Alatau. 
 
3. (SBU) Shion Kawai of the Japanese Embassy reported that 
Japan is providing funding to both Alatau and Ulba.  Japan 
intends to spend $3,225,000 at Ulba.  The money will be used 
to renovate a fence, install closed circuit television, and 
improve the security of the entrance gate.  Japan has 
allocated $800,000 for Alatau, which will be spent primarily 
on construction and renovation of the main fence at INP. 
 
4. (SBU) Child reported that the U.K. has become frustrated 
with a lack of progress at Alatau.  He read aloud an e-mail 
from Simon Evans, Deputy Director of the Global Threat 
Reduction Office, who said that there are "problems across 
the board." Shion complained of a lack of coordination among 
the relevant Kazakhstani ministries and agencies.  Child said 
that he sensed the Kazakhstanis may try to play donors off of 
each other.  When Child told the Kazakhstanis that he planned 
to coordinate with the Japanese, the Kazakhstanis discouraged 
the idea. 
 
5. (SBU) Nevertheless, both countries are moving ahead with 
their projects.  A delegation from Japan will travel to 
Kazakhstan in April to inspect Ulba and Alatau in order to 
further develop Japan's program plan.  The U.K. is hoping 
that a representative from its Global Threat Reduction Office 
can join the Japanese delegation. Child and Kawai said that 
their countries are interested in further coordination with 
the United States. 
 
ORDWAY

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