08ASTANA437, EXBS KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR’S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (FEBRUARY

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08ASTANA437 2008-03-07 03:13 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RULSJGA/COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC 0095
RHEBAAA/USDOE WASHDC//NNSA//
RUEKJCS/JCS WASHDC 0018
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RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0467
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RUEHKB/AMEMBASSY BAKU 0040
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RUEHAH/AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT 7305
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY 0287

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 000437 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR ISN/ECC YWONG, ACHURCH, JHARTSHORN, SROBINSON 
DEPT FOR ISN/ECC-AMT LSPRINGER 
DEPT FOR EUR/ACE DFISCHER 
DEPT FOR SCA/RA JSPILSBURY 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN MO'MARA 
DEPT FOR EXPORT CONTROL AND RELATED BORDER SECURITY 
CBP/INA FOR KCHAISSON AND RWATT 
USDOE/NNSA CWALKER, TPERRY AND EDESCHLER 
DOC FOR DCREED 
USCG FOR SHABETIMICHAEL 
AMEMBASSY BERLIN FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHE 
AMEMBASSY TASHKENT, BISHKEK, BAKU, DUSHANBE AND ASHGABAT FOR EXBS 
ADVISORS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP KZ
SUBJECT: EXBS KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR'S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (FEBRUARY 
2008) 
 
 
I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
1. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia 
Richard Boucher visited Kazakhstan from February 9-11, 2008. On 
February 11, 2008, Assistant Secretary Boucher met with Kazakhstan 
President Nursultan Nazarbayev and discussed Kazakhstan's 2010 OSCE 
chairmanship, energy issues, and regional cooperation.. 
 
2. The March 9-12 scheduled visit to the United States of 
Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Masimov has been cancelled.  Prime 
Minister Masimov was scheduled to meet with Vice-President Richard 
Cheney, State Secretary Condoleezza Rice, Commerce Secretary Carlos 
Gutierrez, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, and Trade Representative 
Susan Schwab, high-ranking officials of the World Bank, and the 
International Monetary Fund. 
 
II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED 
 
1. On February 4, 2008, the EXBS team accompanied Ms. Laurel Cotton, 
the Project Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy's Second 
Line of Defense (SLD) Program, to a meeting in Astana with 
Kazakhstan Customs Control Committee officials to discuss a broad 
range of matters concerning the SLD program, including training and 
equipment delivery issues. The Customs Control Committee was 
represented by Ermek Smagulov, Deputy Head of the Customs Control 
Organization Department; and Alexandra Vozhakova, Head of 
Radioactive Materials and Technical Means Department. 
 
2. From February 5-8, 2008, Laurel Cotton, the Project Coordinator 
for the U.S. Department of Energy's Second Line of Defense (SLD) 
Program, and Alexandra Vozhakova, Head of Radioactive Materials and 
Technical Means Department of the Kazakhstan Customs Control 
Committee, visited various border crossing along Kazakhstan's 
southern border to assess the progress of the work done thus far 
toward the Phase One installation of the SLD Radiation Portal 
Monitors.  They also had the opportunity to look at a fully 
functional Radiation Portal Monitor installed by the Government of 
Kazakhstan.  To date the Government of Kazakhstan has purchased and 
installed 40 fixed and two mobile Radiation Portal Monitor systems 
manufactured by Ural Aspect. 
 
3.  On February 10, 2008, a Country Team meeting was held with U.S. 
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard 
Boucher in attendance.  During this meeting the EXBS advisor briefed 
the Assistant Secretary on EXBS and the U.S. Department of Energy's 
Second Line of Defense (SLD) Program in Kazakhstan. 
 
4. On February 13, 2008, the EXBS advisor met with Martin O'Mara, 
the State Department desk officer for Kazakhstan.  Discussions 
centered around the assistance provided by EXBS during the last year 
and on the proposed plan for assistance during 2008.  Also discussed 
was the Department of Energy's Second Line of Defense (SLD) program 
in Kazakhstan. 
 
5. On February 20, 2008, a Diplomatic Note was delivered to the 
Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informing the Government of 
Kazakhstan of the Government of the Kingdom of Norway's contribution 
of $5 million in support of the Second Line of Defense Program 
efforts to install radiation detection equipment along the 
Kazakhstan/Russian border. 
 
ASTANA 00000437  002 OF 002 
 
 
 
6. On February 21, 2008, a Security Assistance Working Group (SAWG) 
meeting was held in Astana, Kazakhstan.  In addition to the Astana 
SAWG members this meeting was also attended by CDR Mark Sullivan, 
DTRA International Project Manager, and Bob Zesinger, SAIC Project 
Consultant, WMD Proliferation Prevention Initiative. 
 
B.  TRAINING DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
1.  None 
 
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
1.  None 
 
D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE 
 
1. The Department of Energy Second Line of Defense 
Program is continuing its project to install portal monitors at 
border sites.  The SLD equipment for Phase One installation began to 
arrive in Kazakhstan from Russia in four rail shipments on February 
5, 2008, and the final shipment arrived on February 27, 2008. EXBS 
successfully assisted in obtaining customs release for all the SLD 
equipment in Almaty. 
 
 
E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NONPROLIFERATION, OR 
RELATED BORDER SECURITY 
 
 1. None. 
 
F. CASPIAN SECURITY INFORMATION 
 
      1. None 
 
III. RED FLAG ISSUES. 
 
1. None 
 
 
 
ORDWAY

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