08ASTANA1283, KAZAKHSTAN STILL MULLING IAEA MESA SEAT

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08ASTANA1283 2008-07-18 02:46 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Astana

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RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH IMMEDIATE 0158
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO IMMEDIATE 0762
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA IMMEDIATE 0058

S E C R E T ASTANA 001283 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/17/2018 
TAGS: PREL KNNP IAEA AORC SY KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN STILL MULLING IAEA MESA SEAT 
 
REF: STATE 76033 
 
Classified By: DCM Kevin Milas for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (S)  On July 17, DCM delivered reftel points to Deputy 
Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs Nurlan Danenov and 
Director of Multilateral Affairs Office Balibai Sadikov.  He 
stressed the high-level of commitment by the USG to this 
issue and our willingness to engage at the highest levels, if 
necessary.  He also mentioned Kazakhstan's self-imposed July 
20 deadline. He underscored that the longer the Syrians had 
to advance their candidacy, the more difficult it will be to 
turn around.  Finally, he added that we believe that support 
for Syria was soft, and if Kazakhstan advanced its candidacy, 
some countries that have already committed to Syria might be 
inclined to support Kazakhstan. 
 
2.  (S)  Mr. Dudenov said the GOK was seriously considering 
putting itself forward, but that the final decision would not 
be reached "for a few days."  He noted Kazakhstan's expanding 
involvement in multilateral organizations and said the IAEA 
Board of governors would be the logical next step, but 
stressed that the GOK still needed time to explore the 
support it has within the MESA group.  He thanked us for the 
offer to work on Kazakhstan's behalf, saying KZ would 
certainly let us know should help be needed.  Dudenov said 
that it would be hard to reach Foreign Minister Tazhin (who's 
on leave), but that he will do his utmost to get in touch 
with him and pass our message.  Director of Multi-lateral 
Affairs Sadikov asked for our assessment of the positions of 
Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.  In a subsequent follow up 
phone call, Sadikov repeated this request, and further asked 
for the U.S. position on Kazakhstan's entry into the Missile 
Technology Control Regime (MTCR).  DCM replied he would ask 
Washington for responses on both issues.  Also, in the course 
of the conversation, Dudenov gently raised the Common World 
Forum (to be hosted in Astana in October) and said Kazakhstan 
was hoping for high-level participation from the U.S. 
 
3.  (S)  COMMENT: In asking about the MTCR and the Common 
World form, Kazakhstan is not attaching any conditions or 
asking for a tit-for-tat on their candidacy for the IAEA BOG. 
 Nonetheless, it was clear that positive U.S. actions in 
these areas would be seen as a sign of mutual support between 
the United States and Kazakhstan.  END COMMENT 
ORDWAY

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