08ASTANA1194, KAZAKHSTAN – PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV DISCUSSES MADRID

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08ASTANA1194 2008-06-30 11:12 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

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C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 001194 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/30/2018 
TAGS: PGOV KDEM PHUM OSCE PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN - PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV DISCUSSES MADRID 
COMMITMENTS IN OSCE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY ADDRESS 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Steven Fagin, Reasons 1.4. (b) and (d) 
 
1. (U) President Nazarbayev touched on Kazakhstan's Madrid 
commitments on democratic reform at the conclusion of his 
June 29 speech to the annual session of the OSCE 
Parliamentary Assembly, which is being held in Astana from 
June 29 to July 2.  This is the first time that Nazarbayev 
has publicly remarked on the commitments, which were 
incorporated into Foreign Minister Tazhin's address at the 
November 2007 Madrid OSCE ministerial meeting, where 
Kazakhstan was selected to be 2010 OSCE chairman. 
 
2. (U) While Nazarbayev shied away from using the term 
"Madrid commitments," he nevertheless went in turn through 
each of them, which entail amending Kazakhstan's electoral, 
political party, and media legislation by the end of 2008. 
Nazarbayev explained that "at the present moment," 
Kazakhstan's constitution "allows for the implementation of 
several very important (policies) in the further 
democratization of society."  The first, he said, is the 
establishment of a legal mechanism under which parliament 
would be composed of not less than two political parties. 
The second is the creation of "more favorable conditions" for 
the government's registration of political parties.  The 
third is the "perfection of procedural issues" in the 
electoral process.  The fourth, Narzarbayev explained, is the 
elimination of excessive bureaucratic barriers regulating 
media activity.  He concluded by saying that he hoped these 
proposals would be reviewed by parliament. 
 
3. (U) As he has done in other speeches, Nazarbayev did place 
several caveats on further democratic reforms, contending 
that Kazakhstan's "understanding of democratic processes" is 
based on both universal democratic principles and the 
"existence of national-cultural specifics in the mechanisms 
for implementing these principals."  Discussing political 
party registration, he said that parties must strictly accord 
to the constitution -- a likely reference to constitutional 
provisions prohibiting religious-based parties as well as the 
receipt by parties of foreign financing.  Discussing the 
elimination of barriers to media activity, Nazarabayev 
stressed that the government must still ensure that the media 
does not violate human rights, social and religious 
tolerance, or the public safety. 
 
4. (U) In an earlier part of the speech, Nazarbayev explained 
that as 2010 OSCE chairman, Kazakhstan intended to focus on 
vital security issues and on inter-cultural and 
inter-confessional dialogue.  Kazakhstan would support the 
OSCE's efforts to combat racism, intolerance, and 
discrimination, and its chairmanship would facilitate the 
resolution of problems in Central Asia as well as in 
Afghanistan, Nazarbayev added. 
 
5. (C) Comment:  Prime Minister Masimov, Foreign Minister 
Tazhin, State Secretary Saudabayev, and Presidential 
Administration head Kelimbetov, who were in the audience 
during the speech, were clearly elated that Nazarbayev 
discussed the Madrid commitments -- which they likely had 
personally pressed him to do.   As we have previously noted 
in our reporting, though much work remains, there is 
sufficient time for Kazakhstan to follow through on the 
commitments by year's end.  It is principally a matter of 
political will.  Following the address, Masimov told visiting 
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly CODEL Hastings that Nazarbayev's 
remarks are effectively an order to the bureaucracy to move 
forward.   Even the normally skeptical Ninel Fokina, head of 
the Almaty Helsinki Committee, told us that Nazarbayev's 
comments were a "welcome sign."  She seconded Masimov's 
assessment that based on Nazarbayev's words, the ministries 
will take action.  While Nazarbayev's proposals were 
ambiguous and minimalist, they nevertheless provide a strong 
basis for us and our like-minded partners to continue 
pressing for the legislative changes necessary to meet the 
full spirit of the commitments.  End Comment. 
 
6. (U) CODEL Hastings did not/not clear this cable. 
ORDWAY

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