09ASTANA184, KAZAKAHSTAN WILL ATTEMPT TO ADVOCATE FOR MANAS

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09ASTANA184 2009-01-30 08:53 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 000184 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, EUR/RUS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/30/2014 
TAGS: PREL PGOV MARR RS KG KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKAHSTAN WILL ATTEMPT TO ADVOCATE FOR MANAS 
COALITION AIRBASE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 08300 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR RICAHRD E. HOAGLAND: 1.2 (B), (D) 
 
1.  (C) As instructed reftel, Embassy Astana attempted to 
communicate talking points to the highest possible level. 
Presidential Foreign Policy Adviser Khairat Sarybay is in 
Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum with 
President Nursultan Nazarbayev.  Foreign Minister Marat 
Tazhin is in Almaty.  The newly appointed First Deputy 
Foreign Minister just returned from his tour as Ambassador to 
Russia and, in any case, is generally considered to be 
pro-Russia.  The newly appointed Deputy Foreign Minister for 
the Americas is not yet in place.  We worked with Foreign 
Ministry Americas Director Talgat Kaliyev, and initially 
passed him the talking points as a non-paper in English and 
Russian, emphasizing the urgent need for action.  During this 
first meeting of the day, Kaliyev noted Kyrgyzstan's 
President Bakiyev is very strapped for cash and is in the 
process of trying to consolidate his power domestically. 
 
2.  (C) In a later conversation with the Ambassador, Kaliyev 
said he had already passed the talking points to Foreign 
Minister Tazhin, who took them with utmost seriousness and 
promised to do what he could at the Commonwealth Strategic 
Treaty Organization ministerial in Moscow on February 2. 
According to Kaliyev, Tazhin recommended against a Nazarbayev 
call to Bakiyev because "Bakiyev does not like to receive, 
and usually does not listen to, advice from Nazarbayev." 
However, Kaliyev suggested Foreign Minister Tazhin would 
welcome a call from Secretary of State Clinton to emphasize 
the urgency of the issue and to discuss options. 
 
3.  (C) For one other option, Kaliyev noted that State 
Secretary Kanat Saudabayev, a long-standing confidant of 
Nazarbayev, arrives in Washington, DC, the evening of 
February 1 to begin a several-day series of meetings. 
Kaliyev suggested that a high-level intervention with 
Saudabayev "would not be harmful." 
 
4.  (C) COMMENT:  We recognize that the suggestions of a 
Clinton call to Tazhin and a high-level meeting for 
Saudabayev in Washington could be construed as a bit 
self-serving.  However, we have urgent national-security 
business to conduct, and probably no option should be taken 
off the table.  END COMMENT. 
HOAGLAND

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