08ASTANA1608, KAZAKHSTAN – DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON RUSSIAN

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08ASTANA1608 2008-08-27 07:39 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #1608 2400739
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 270739Z AUG 08 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3126
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0612
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 0053
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0413

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 001608 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/27/2018 
TAGS: PREL PGOV RS GG KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN - DEMARCHE DELIVERED ON RUSSIAN 
RECOGNITION OF SOUTH OSSETIA AND ABKHAZIA 
 
REF: (A) STATE 91894 (B) STATE 91366 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Steven Fagin, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (C) The Deputy Chief of Mission delivered ref A demarche 
on Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia to DFM 
Kairat Sarybay on August 27.  The DCM also raised the 
Kazakhstan-specific points from ref B, and noted that 
Kazakhstan was in a unique position of influence because of 
its good relations with both Russia and Georgia.  In 
response, Sarybay expressed Kazakhstan's concerns about the 
latest developments and promised to expeditiously pass the 
USG position to his superiors.  He told the DCM that "you 
know well our position on Northern Cyprus, in spite of our 
good relations with Turkey, and our position on Kosovo, in 
spite of our good relations with the U.S. and the EU." 
(Comment:  Sarybay was alluding to Kazakhstan's support for 
territorial integrity and opposition to separatism as a 
matter of principle.  The DCM deployed the Kosovo points from 
ref B to explain why Kosovo is a unique case and not a 
precedent for other conflicts.  End Comment.)   Sarybay noted 
that President Nazarbayev would be meeting with Russian 
President Medvedev in Dushanbe on the margins of the SCO 
summit, perhaps as early as this evening (i.e., the evening 
of August 27).  Kazakhstan's official position on Russia's 
recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia should become 
clearer after that meeting.  In the interim, the government 
is under orders to stay silent and make no public statements, 
Sarybay explained. 
ORDWAY

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