08ASTANA1499, KAZAKHSTAN – DAS KROL DISCUSSES IAEA BOG, MADRID

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08ASTANA1499 2008-08-12 06:47 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

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DE RUEHTA #1499 2250647
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 120647Z AUG 08 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
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INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0603
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 0059

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 001499 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/12/2018 
TAGS: PREL IAEA EAID PGOV KDEM KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN - DAS KROL DISCUSSES IAEA BOG, MADRID 
COMMITMENTS, REGIONAL ISSUES WITH SENIOR MFA OFFICIALS 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Steven H. Fagin, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (C) In a July 22 meeting in Astana, SCA DAS George Krol 
stressed to DFM Kairat Sarybai the urgency of Kazakhstan's 
moving forward on its candidacy for the MESA seat on the IAEA 
Board of Governors (BOG).  Sarybai said he has heard from 
Vienna that most of the Arab members of the MESA group have 
reached a consensus on supporting Syria.  Krol responded that 
this was not the case; there is no consensus on Syria's 
candidacy.  Sarybai responded that the Kazakhstani government 
is still weighing the pros and cons and a final decision on 
Kazakhstan's candidacy could not be taken until FM Tazhin 
returns from leave at the beginning of August.  He explained 
that Kazakhstan is hesitant to run for the BOG because this 
may compromise its relations with Arab countries. 
 
2. (C) Krol informed Sarybai that SCA Assistant Secretary 
Boucher would be appearing in front of the Helsinki 
Commission of Congress on July 22 to discuss Kazakhstan's 
progress toward meeting its Madrid commitments on democratic 
reform and the recent OSCE Parliamentary Assembly session in 
Astana.  Sarybai said that he understands the importance of 
fulfilling the commitments that FM Tazhin made in Madrid; 
however, the initiative for reforms is driven by Kazakhstan's 
own interests and will proceed at a pace determined by 
domestic factors.  Sarybai did note, however, that 
Kazakhstan's 2010 OSCE chairmanship provides further impetus 
for Kazakhstan to move forward on democratic reforms. 
 
3. (C) Krol and Sarybai also discussed stability in Central 
Asia.  Sarybai said that the Kazakhstani government is 
preparing for all possible situations that may arise this 
winter in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.  He 
explained that the government is implementing a "secret" food 
fund that could be used to aid its Central Asian neighbors if 
a food crisis arises later this year.  Sarybai also noted 
that a new center for preventative diplomacy established in 
Ashgabat with UN participation could be a useful tool for 
promoting regional cooperation and dealing with regional 
problems such as food, water, and electricity. 
 
4. (C) DAS Krol met separately DFM Nurlan Yermekbayev on July 
24 in Almaty.  Yermekbayev reiterated to Krol that FM Tazhin 
wants to hold off on finalizing a decision on Kazakhstan's 
IAEA BOG candidacy until he returns from leave.  Krol 
informed Yermekbayev that this issue has reached the highest 
levels of the USG and that Under Secretary Burns plans to 
raise it directly with the Russians.  Yermekbayev said that 
the Kazakhstani government would take this under 
consideration when making its final decision.  Krol and 
Yermekbayev also discussed the potential food and water 
crises in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, as Yermekbayev was en 
route to Tajikistan when he met with DAS Krol.  Yermekbayev 
agreed that the U.S. and Kazakhstan should work together in 
promoting stability in these two countries, and further 
pushed the idea of raising water security at the Ashgabat 
preventative diplomacy center. 
ORDWAY

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