08ASTANA1574, KAZAKHSTAN – DEPUTY DEFENSE MINISTER SEMBINOV

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08ASTANA1574 2008-08-27 02:08 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0001
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #1574 2400208
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 270208Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3093
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0611
RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 0036
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0412
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 2234

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 001574 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/26/2018 
TAGS: PREL NATO MOPS KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN - DEPUTY DEFENSE MINISTER SEMBINOV 
INDICATES GOK CONSIDERING SENDING OFFICERS TO ISAF 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Kevin Milas, Reasons 1.4 (b) and 
 (d) 
 
1. (C) In an August 22 meeting with the Deputy Chief of 
Mission and visiting Marshall Center Director Dr. John Rose, 
Deputy Defense Minister Lt Gen Bulat Sembinov expressed an 
interest in discussing further mil-mil cooperation with the 
U.S. and NATO.  He explained that while there were elements 
in the Kazakhstani government which opposed cooperation with 
the West, support for such cooperation comes from the very 
top.  Sembinov quoted President Nazarbayev's own remarks 
about enhanced Kazakhstan-NATO cooperation.  He pointed out 
that the Ministry of Defense (MOD) had established a 
peacekeeping department based on U.S. advice and had 
dispatched U.S.-trained officers to Nepal as UN observers. 
 
2. (C) Sembinov said he considered NATO operations to be 
critical to security and stability in Afghanistan, contending 
that in 2001, there were 80,000 Taliban ready to pour into 
Central Asia.  The Afghanistan PRTs, he stressed, not only 
help enhance security, but also win over hearts and minds. 
In addition to Kazakhstan's $2.88 million assistance program 
for Afghanistan for 2008, the MOD is also providing training 
and logistical assistance.  Sembinov said that the 
Kazakhstani government is currently considering the 
possibility of sending several officers to serve at ISAF 
headquarters.  (Comment:  This is the first time a 
Kazakhstani government official has indicated to us that 
sending officers to ISAF is under consideration, though we 
previously heard about the possibility from Tugay Tuncer, 
NATO Liaison in Astana.   End Comment.) 
 
3. (C) Sembinov noted positive movement in Iraq, arguing that 
many European countries have changed their attitudes and now 
understand the importance of Iraqi security and stability. 
Kazakhstan, he explained, wants to work with NATO trainers in 
Iraq. 
ORDWAY

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