08ASTANA1710, KAZAKHSTAN – LETTERS DELIVERED REQUESTING

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08ASTANA1710 2008-09-10 06:32 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0002
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #1710 2540632
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 100632Z SEP 08 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3233
INFO RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC

UNCLAS ASTANA 001710 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DOE FOR NNSA KELLY CUMMINS AND CATHERINE KENNEDY 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KNNP MNUC ENRG PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN - LETTERS DELIVERED REQUESTING 
ADDITIONAL BN-350 FUNDING 
 
REF: STATE 89507 
 
1.  (SBU) Per reftel, the Ambassador on September 8 
hand-delivered a letter requesting $13 million in additional 
Kazakhstani financial support for the BN-350 spent fuel 
disposition program to Minister of Energy and Mineral 
Resources Sauat Mynbayev.  Mynbayev promised to review the 
letter carefully, but also commented that requesting more 
funding for 2009 was "out of his hands" as the 2009 budget 
has already been sent to Parliament for review and approval. 
Mynbayev indicated that a parliamentarian may be able to 
introduce changes to the budget during Parliament's review 
process, but he made no commitment to support such an effort. 
 Mynbayev added that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral 
Resources maintains a small contingency reserve, but said it 
would be insufficient to cover the sum of money requested. 
 
2. (SBU) On September 9, we delivered by diplomatic note 
reftel's follow up letter from Ambassador Ordway to Prime 
Minister Masimov, with a similar request for additional 
BN-350 financial support.  We will report back official 
responses from Mynbayev and Masimov when they are received. 
ORDWAY

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