08ASTANA988, KAZAKHSTAN: DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON IAEA BOARD OF

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08ASTANA988 2008-05-27 07:10 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0002
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #0988 1480710
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 270710Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2481
INFO RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA IMMEDIATE 0055

S E C R E T ASTANA 000988 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR ISN/RA ARIEL STUKALIN AND IO/T HEATHER VON BEHREN 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/27/2023 
TAGS: IAEA KNNP PREL AORC KZ SY
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON IAEA BOARD OF 
GOVERNORS' MESA SEAT 
 
REF: STATE 55259 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Steven Fagin, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (S) Per reftel demarche, the Ambassador discussed 
Kazakhstan's putting itself forward as a candidate for the 
IAEA BOG's MESA seat with Industry and Trade Minister 
Vladimir Shkolnik on May 26.  Shnolnik was supportive of the 
idea in principle, and suggested the USG follow-up with the 
MFA.  Pol-Econ Chief thus raised the issue with MFA Americas 
Department head Talgat Kaliyev on May 27.  Kaliyev was 
positively inclined toward Kazakhstan's membership on the 
IAEA BOG, recognizing that this could be yet another 
demonstration of Kazakhstan's international leadership on 
non-proliferation matters.  He doubted, however, that Syria 
would back down -- which would mean a competition between 
Kazakhstan and Syria and thus be problematic for the 
Kazakhstanis.  Kaliyev promised to bring our demarche to the 
attention of Foreign Minister Tazhin, but asked that the USG 
first provide additional details on the IAEA's process for 
selecting a candidate to fill the seat, including whether at 
any point there could be a vote pitting Kazakhstan against 
Syria, either within the MESA group or among the full IAEA 
membership.  He also requested a list of the countries that 
constitute the MESA group and asked whether Kazakhstan would 
additionally have to lobby non-MESA countries should it put 
itself forward for the seat. 
 
2. (S) ACTION REQUEST:  Post asks that the Department provide 
us the information necessary to respond to Kaliyev.  We also 
suggest that these details be provided to DFM Yermekbayev 
during his meeting in Washington with Acting U/S Rood, and 
that UNVIE be prepared to discuss them with the Kazakhstanis 
in Vienna. 
ORDWAY

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