09ASTANA102, KAZAKHSTAN STILL UNDECIDED ON NABUCCO SUMMIT IN

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09ASTANA102 2009-01-20 09:44 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Astana

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C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 000102 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, EUR/RUS, EEB 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/20/2019 
TAGS: PGOV PREL ECON EPET RS HU KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN STILL UNDECIDED ON NABUCCO SUMMIT IN 
BUDAPEST? 
 
REF: BUDAPEST 0039 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland:  1.4 (B), (D) 
 
1.  (C) Hungarian Ambassador Janos Balla called on the 
Ambassador January 20 to deliver the current Hungarian draft 
of the Budapest Nabucco Summit scheduled for January 27.  He 
expressed deep frustration that one week before the summit he 
has yet to pin down who will represent Kazakhstan, if anyone. 
 
2.  (C) Ambassador Balla said originally both President 
Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Karim Masimov had 
been invited.  In Balla's presence at a reception in 
December, Nazarbayev had instructed Foreign Minister Marat 
Tazhin to ensure representation at an appropriately high 
level.  Balla was to have met with Minister of Economy and 
Budget Bakhyt Sultanov on January 16 to hear whom Kazakhstan 
would send to Budapest, but Sultanov cancelled the meeting 
with only two hours' notice and had his staff tell Balla the 
Foreign Ministry would provide the name.  However, Balla has 
so far been unable to get an appointment with the appropriate 
deputy foreign minister (Foreign Minister Tazhin returned 
only on January 20 from winter vacation).  The European 
Ambassadors are hosting a lunch on January 21 for Minister of 
Energy and Mineral Resources Sauat Mynbayev, where Balla 
hopes he can pry out a reply from Mynbayev. 
 
3.  (C) Also on January 20, Czech Republic Ambassador Bedrich 
Kopecky told the Ambassador that he thought Prime Minister 
Masimov had asked Minister Mynbayev to attend the Nabucco 
Summit, or to send a suitable representative. Hoever, Post 
has not yet independently confirmed this report. 
 
4.  (C) Balla said he has no proof but a strong suspicion 
that Russia is putting heavy pressure on Kazakhstan not to 
attend the Nabucco Summit.  He asked rhetorically, "If PM 
Masimov can fly to Moscow on short notice for the Gas Summit 
on January 17, why is it so hard to find someone for the 
Nabucco Summit?" 
 
5.  (C) Ambassador Balla is well-briefed on Kazakhstan's 
hydrocarbon resources, especially in the North Caspian area. 
He said mostly Hungarians ran the Soviet hydrocarbon 
operations around Atyrau before Kazakhstan's independence, 
and he stays in close touch with the over 1,000 Hungarians 
who still live and work there.  According to Balla, Europeans 
are increasingly aware that Kazakhstan's North Caspian has 
"massive" untapped natural gas deposits (no further 
information), although the country is focusing mostly on oil 
production at this time. 
 
6.  (C) COMMENT:  President Nazarbayev and a large gaggle of 
ministers will be in New Delhi January 23-26, and Astana is 
increasingly consumed with preparing for that important 
visit.  However, the government of Kazakhstan can usually 
walk and chew gum at the same time, and so it seems a bit 
curious at this late date it has not yet told Hungary who, if 
anyone, will go to Budapest to attend the Nabucco summit. 
END COMMENT. 
HOAGLAND

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