08ASTANA1774, KAZAKHSTANIS TELL NATO THEY WANT TO ENHANCE

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08ASTANA1774 2008-09-15 11:22 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

VZCZCXRO2903
PP RUEHBI RUEHCI RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHLH RUEHPW RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHTA #1774 2591122
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 151122Z SEP 08
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3299
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUCNCLS/SCA COLLECTIVE
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 2235

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 001774 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/15/2018 
TAGS: PREL PGOV NATO KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTANIS TELL NATO THEY WANT TO ENHANCE 
AFGHANISTAN COOPERATION 
 
Classified By: Pol-Econ Chief Steven Fagin, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (C) NATO Deputy Secretary General Claudio Bisogniero held 
meetings in Astana on September 11 with Defense Minister 
Akhmetov, Foreign Minister Tazhin, Security Council Secretary 
Suleymenov, and officials from the Ministry of Emergency 
Situations.  In a readout he gave to resident NATO-country 
ambassadors, Bisogniero explained that he had very positive 
meetings with his Kazakhstani government interlocutors that 
exceeded his expectations. 
 
2. (C) Bisogniero stressed to the ambassadors that his visit 
-- apparently the highest-level NATO visit to Kazakhstan ever 
-- was not connected to the Georgia conflict, but rather had 
been arranged before it.  He said that he had stressed three 
points in his meetings with the Kazakhstanis.  First, NATO 
views Kazakhstan as the key country in the Central Asia 
region.  Second, NATO looks forward to enhanced engagement 
with Central Asia, despite the events in Georgia.  Third, 
Kazakhstan can have good relations with both Russia and NATO. 
 This last point, Bisongiero maintained, helped dispel 
Kazakhstani misgivings. 
 
3. (C) Foreign Minister Tazhin told Bisongiero that 
Kazakhstan appreciated NATO's role in ensuring Afghan 
security and stability and is eager to become a stronger 
partner with NATO in Afghanistan.  Defense Minister Akhmetov 
said that Kazakhstan is willing to deploy two officers to 
ISAF headquarters in Afghanistan, as well as medics to a 
Slovak medical unit stationed there.  Akhmetov promised to 
assist in moving forward the NATO-Kazakhstan transit 
agreement for the Northern GLOC, which, he explained, fell 
under the purview of the Ministry of Transport and 
Communications, rather than the Ministry of Defense.  Tazhin 
expressed consternation at the fact that NATO hashed out a 
transit agreement with Russia first, and only approached 
Kazakhstan later.  This gave the misimpression that 
Kazakhstan did not want to be helpful on Afghanistan and had 
to be dragged along through a fait accompli between NATO and 
Russia. 
 
4. (SBU) Ministry of Emergency Situations officials told 
Bisogniero that they wanted increased cooperation with NATO's 
Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center (EADRCC). 
 They also requested NATO assistance in enhancing their 
capability to respond to oil rig disasters.  Bisogniero 
promised the Ministry that he would look into this. 
 
5. (SBU) Bisogniero reminded the NATO-country ambassadors 
that in June 2009, there would be meetings in Kazakhstan of 
the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) Security Forum 
and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.  These would be 
important opportunities to further increase NATO-Kazakhstan 
cooperation. 
MILAS

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