08ASTANA1021, EXBS KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR’S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (MAY

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08ASTANA1021 2008-06-02 09:24 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ASTANA 001021 
 
SIPDIS 
 
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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 (MAY 
2008) 
 
I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
1. Kazakhstan will conduct an operational-tactical exercise 
"Atom-Antiterror- 2008" in Almaty on June 6 under the auspices of 
the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.  This exercise is 
targeted to improve interaction between state bodies in order to 
prevent and localize a possible terrorist threat against the Nuclear 
Physics Institute in Alatau.  Fifteen Kazakhstani government 
agencies will participate, including representatives from the 
security services and law enforcement. 
 
2. There has been a change of leadership in the Kazakhstani Border 
Guard Services of the National Security Committee. 
Lieutenant-General Bolat Seitkazynovich Zakiyev, the Director of the 
Border Guard Service and the Deputy Chairman of the National 
Security Committee has retired along with Major-General Khussain 
Berkaliev, First Deputy Director of the Border Guards Service. 
 
II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED 
 
1. On May 6, the EXBS program manager met with Lieutenant-General 
Bolat Seitkazynovich Zakiyev, the Director of the Border Guard 
Service, along with Colonel Bizhanov, Deputy Head of the Border 
Control Department, Colonel Tanalinov, Head of the Engineer 
Division, and Lt. Colonel Islamov, Deputy Head of the Engineer 
Division. The officials of the Border Guard Service were briefed on 
EXBS efforts in Kazakhstan aimed at providing needed equipment and 
training.  During the meeting the Border Guard Service officials 
informed EXBS of Kazakhstan's need for additional modular shelters 
to house a new field engineering battalion at the Sary Agash border 
crossing in Southern Kazakhstan.  This new field engineering 
battalion is to build a green border defense barrier between 
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.  The Border Guards are planning to 
install search and target land radars in the south-west Kazakhstan 
regions bordering Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. 
 
2. On May 12, there was a special Country Team meeting held in 
Astana.  During this meeting a roundtable discussion was held with a 
student delegation led by Ambassador Laura Kennedy from the National 
War College.  The delegation was conducting the international travel 
portion of its "Field Studies in National Security" program. During 
this meeting the EXBS Advisor provided an overview of the EXBS 
program and the Second Line of Defense program in Kazakhstan. 
 
3. On May 13, the EXBS Advisor participated in a meeting on the 
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) for FY 2009. EXBS, 
in coordination with the Office of International Narcotics and Law 
Enforcement (INL), proposed a country specific visit by mid-level 
managers from the Customs and Border Guard Services.  The Customs 
Control Department nominees included Mr. Kaisar Malgazhdarov, Head 
of the Northern Kazakhstan region, Mr. Abilklan Manabayev, Senior 
Specialist in Almaty, and Mr. Daulet Saduakasov, Head of the Eastern 
Kazakhstan region.  The Border Guard nominees include Colonel Aidar 
Kapizov, Depurty Head of the Division of Border Guard Cooperation, 
Colonel Darkhan Oralbayev, Commander of the military base 2094, and 
Major Aidar Balgabayev, Head of the Border Guard Division of the 
Kostaniskaya oblast. 
 
4. On May 23, EXBS participated in a meeting between various U.S. 
Embassy donor offices and representatives of the Border Guard 
Service lead by Major-General Mazhitov.  During the meeting the 
 
ASTANA 00001021  002 OF 003 
 
 
Border Guard Service outlined their needs for the FY09.  These 
include search and target designation radars, portable shelters, 
ground sensor radiobarriers, and training for the Border Guards in 
the southern Kazakhstan region. 
 
B. TRAINING DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
1.       None. 
 
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
1.  None &#x
000A; 
D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE 
 
1.  The U.S. Department of Energy's Second Line of Defense (SLD) 
program in Kazakhstan is approaching its next major milestone with 
the installation of radiation portal monitors at the Phase One sites 
along the southern border.  Acceptance testing of this equipment 
will be conducted beginning on June 19 and will continue until all 
sites are tested.  A SLD training team from the Pacific Northwest 
National laboratory will conduct a training needs assessment at 
these sites approximately two weeks following acceptance testing, 
beginning approximately mid July. 
 
2. The Republic of Kazakhstan's facility construction at the Sypatai 
Batyr crossing will not be complete in time for SLD to complete 
installation of equipment during Phase One of this project. SLD will 
defer installation of this equipment until this construction is 
complete. 
 
3. The EXBS program manager is conducting market research on the 
proposed acquisition of modular shelters, surveillance automated 
ground sensor systems, and vehicles.  Also, the Regional Procurement 
Support Office in Frankfurt, Germany, has been contacted and 
provided a copy of the Statement of Work for the acquisition of four 
Rapiscan Model627DV X-ray machines. 
 
E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NONPROLIFERATION, OR 
RELATED BORDER SECURITY 
 
1.  On May 22, the EXBS Advisor informed the Department of Energy's 
Second Line of Defense management of a letter from the Kazakhstan 
Ministry of Finance stating that all material imported under the CTR 
Umbrella Agreement will be subject to customs duties and taxes as 
stipulated by law until completion of inter-government procedures 
necessary for the Amendment to the Agreement to take effect.  This 
means that until the CTR agreement is ratified, the Second Line of 
Defense can no longer import anything into Kazakhstan without paying 
duty.  Therefore the EXBS team assisted the SLD in the 
transportation and storage of a shipment of 18 handheld 
radiation-monitors (MKC-A03-1) and Thorium-232 calibration filters 
(MKC-A03-1) in a bonded warehouse pending the ratification of the 
CTR Umbrella Agreement. 
 
F. CASPIAN SECURITY INFORMATION 
 
1. The EXBS teams in Baku and Astana continue to coordinate 
activities related to preparation for the SAFE Boat Operations 
Course to be conducted in Bautino, Kazakhstan from July 7 to August 
1, 2008. 
 
 
 
ASTANA 00001021  003 OF 003 
 
 
III. RED FLAG ISSUES. 
 
1. None 
 
 
 
ORDWAY

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