08ASTANA848, KAZAKHSTAN – UPDATE ON AFGHANISTAN ASSISTANCE PLANS

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08ASTANA848 2008-04-29 11:57 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0011
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #0848 1201157
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 291157Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2327
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0496
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 2142
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0397
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 0504
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0236

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 000848 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/A LAUREN FRESE 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/29/2018 
TAGS: EAID PREL PGOV KZ AF
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN - UPDATE ON AFGHANISTAN ASSISTANCE PLANS 
 
REF: A. STATE 32155 
     B. ASTANA 341 
     C. ASTANA/ALMATY JANUARY 31 OFFICIAL-INFORMAL EMAIL 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Steven Fagin, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (SBU) Pol-Econ Chief met on April 29 with MFA Asian 
Cooperation Department Advisor Yerzhan Kalekenov to discuss 
Kazakhstan's assistance plans for Afghanistan and its 
participation in the upcoming Afghanistan support conference 
in Paris. 
 
2. (SBU) As previously reported, Kazakhstan allocated $2.88 
million in Afghanistan assistance in 2008 for humanitarian 
aid and to build a school, hospital, and road (ref C). 
Kalekenov confirmed that all of these activities are moving 
forward.  He accompanied MFA Special Envoy Askhat Orazbai on 
the latter's trip April 11-18 trip to Kabul.  Kalekenov 
explained that during the trip, the Kazakhstanis, in 
consultation with the Afghans, agreed that rather than 
constructing a new road, Kazakhstan will finance the 
reconstruction of an existing one that runs between Kunduz 
and Taloqan in northern Afghanistan.  (Note:  Kazakhstan 
already agreed several months ago that the school will be 
constructed in Samangan province and the hospital in Bamayan 
province.  End Note.) 
 
3. (SBU) During Orazbai's Kabul visit, the Kazakhstanis and 
Afghans finalized MOU's for the three construction projects, 
under which Kazakhstan will transfer the necessary funds -- 
in one tranche -- to the Afghan government, which will be 
responsible for project implementation, including for hiring 
contractors through tenders.  Kalekenov said that he expected 
that the money would be transferred in the near future, 
perhaps even within a month.  He also confirmed that 
Kazakhstan was in the process of preparing to deliver the 
humanitarian aid portion of its assistance -- $500,000 in 
grain and grain products.  Kalekenov said that shipment 
should begin before the end of May. 
 
4. (C) Per ref A demarche, Pol-Econ Chief inquired about 
Kazakhstan's plans for the Afghanistan support conference in 
Paris.  Kalekenov responded that he had very few details 
about the conference.  Kazakhstan had not yet received an 
invitation and was not certain it was being invited.  As a 
result, Kalekenov explained, no decision had been made as to 
who would represent Kazakhstan at the event.  In response to 
Pol-Econ Chief's question, Kalekenov said that Kazakhstan 
hoped, within its economic limitations, to continue 
assistance to Afghanistan in future years, though this would 
depend on the successful implementation of its 2008 
assistance program. 
 
5. (C) Pol-Econ Chief asked Kalekenov about the status of 
Prime Minister Masimov's plans to visit Afghanistan in 2008 
(see ref B).  Kalekenov said that the details still had to be 
firmed up, but the trip "remains on the agenda."  It would 
more likely occur during the latter part of the year, rather 
than earlier. 
ORDWAY

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