09ASTANA248, KAZAKHSTAN: EXBS ADVISOR’S REPORTING CABLE (JANUARY

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09ASTANA248 2009-02-11 10:10 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ASTANA 000248 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN 
DEPT FOR ISN/ECC: YWONG, ACHURCH, JHARTSHORN, SROBINSON 
DEPT FOR ISN/ECC-AMT: LSPRINGER 
DEPT FOR EUR/ACE: DFISCHER 
DEPT FOR SCA/RA: JSPILSBURY 
CBP/INA: SBAKER AND BPICKETT 
USDOE/NNSA: CWALKER, TPERRY, EDESCHLER 
DOC FOR DCREED 
USCG FOR SHABETIMICHAEL 
AMEMBASSY BERLIN FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHE 
AMEMBASSY TASHKENT, BISHKEK, BAKU, DUSHANBE AND ASHGABAT FOR EXBS 
ADVISORS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PARM PREL ETTC MNUC KNNP KSTC KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN:  EXBS ADVISOR'S REPORTING CABLE (JANUARY 
2009) 
 
ASTANA 00000248  001.2 OF 003 
 
 
I.  BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
1. (SBU) On January 23-26, Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev paid an 
official visit to India.  During this visit, Kazakhstan's national 
nuclear energy company Kazatomprom (KAP) and the Nuclear Power 
Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), run by India's State 
Department of Atomic Energy, signed a memorandum of understanding 
and cooperation.  According to Kazatomprom, the two companies will 
cooperate in the extraction and production of uranium, the supply of 
uranium pellets and fuel assemblies to Indian nuclear facilities, 
and the training of Kazatomprom personnel.  Under this agreement, 
Kazakhstan will supply approximately 300 tons of uranium and 
processed fuel annually to India for up to five years.  Kazatomprom 
also announced that it will take advantage of the opportunity to 
review the technical feasibility studies for India's heavy-water 
nuclear reactors in order to assess whether plant of similar design 
would be suitable for Kazakhstan. 
 
2.  (SBU) Kazatomprom also plans to work with Russian partners to 
build a new nuclear power plant in Aktau.  A feasibility study has 
been completed and will be submitted to the government for review in 
April.  Under this plan, Russia would supply two 300-megawatt 
reactors, analogous to those used in Russian nuclear submarines. 
 
3.  (SBU) On January 29, the Kazakhstan Senate ratified a number of 
agreements on forming a new Customs Union among Russia, Belarus and 
Kazakhstan. 
 
II.  COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
A.  SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED 
 
4.  (SBU) On January 13, the EXBS advisor participated in a special 
country team meeting with General Petraeus, Commander of the U.S. 
Central Command (CENTCOM)and his staff.  During this meeting the 
EXBS advisor briefed the participants on border security and 
nonproliferation efforts in Kazakhstan. 
 
5. (SBU) On January 27, the EXBS advisor participated in a Security 
Assistance Working Group meeting convened to brief U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Assistant Commissioner for 
International Affairs Charles Stallworth on border security 
assistance provided to the Government of Kazakhstan. 
 
6. (SBU) On January 27, the EXBS team participated in a 
meeting between Kazakhstani Customs Control Committee Chairman 
Kozy-Korpesh Karbuzov and Stallworth on reforms being undertaken by 
the Customs Control Committee.  During this meeting, Karbuzov 
outlined the extent of the reforms undertaken within Customs, 
including the reduction in the number of border control agencies 
present at ports of entry.  Stallworth answered specific questions 
concerning the experience of CBP in carrying out similar reforms. 
 
7. (SBU) On January 27, the EXBS advisor participated in a dinner 
hosted by Kazakhstani Customs Control Committee Chairman Karbuzov in 
Stallworth's honor. 
 
8. (SBU) On January 28, the EXBS team accompanied Stallworth on a 
tour of the Customs facility at Astana International Airport. 
 
9.  (SBU) On January 28, the EXBS team participated in the grand 
 
ASTANA 00000248  002.2 OF 003 
 
 
opening of the Center for Operational Administration (CAO) at the 
invitation of the Customs Control Committee Chairman.  This facility 
is designed to function like the U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection's National Targeting Center (NTC) in Reston, Virginia, 
and when fully functional will be manned by personnel from a variety 
of Kazakhstani ministries responsible for transportation, trade, 
public health and safety, and border security. 
 
10. (SBU)  On January 29, the EXBS team participated in  meetings 
between CBP Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stallworth and 
representatives from the Embassy's Office of Military Cooperation 
(OMC)
and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement office (INL). 
During these meetings, border security matters, including assistance 
provided to the Kazakhstani Border Guards, were discussed. 
 
11.  (SBU)  On January 29, the EXBS team participated in a meeting 
between Stallworth and General-Major Marat Mazhitov, First Deputy 
Director and Chief of Main Staff, Kazakhstani Border Guard Service. 
 
 
12. (SBU) On January 29, the EXBS team participated in an 
international donor coordination meeting hosted by the Border 
Management and Drug Action Programs in Central Asia (BOMCA/CADAP). 
During this meeting, the EXBS advisor gave a summary of EXBS 
assistance provided during the last quarter and future plans for 
2009. 
 
B. TRAINING COURSES CONDUCTED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
13.  (U) None 
 
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
14. (SBU) On January 23, the EXBS program manager accompanied Major 
Sabynbayev of the Kazakhstan Border Guard Service to the Ankor 
manufacturing facility in Almaty to inspect and accepted the first 
of three portable shelters purchased by EXBS for the Green Border 
Project to control the vast border area of Kazakhstan between 
designated border ports. 
 
15.  (SBU) On January 23, two of the four Rapiscan Model 627DV X-Ray 
machines purchased by EXBS were delivered to the Customs Control 
Committee for use at the Korgas and Kaizhat Customs facilities.  The 
remaining two machines are expected to be delivered during February. 
 
 
16.  (SBU) On January 23, two survey meters, eight personal 
radiation pagers, and gloves and other inspection equipment were 
delivered to Murat Baimukhanbetov, Chief of the Customs Control 
Department in Almaty, for use at Almaty International Airport. 
 
D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE 
 
17.  (U) None. 
 
E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NONPROLIFERATION, OR 
RELATED BORDER SECURITY 
 
18.  (SBU) On January 22, the Kazakhstan Senate ratified the Geneva 
Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and the document 
has been sent to Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev for signature. 
 
ASTANA 00000248  003.2 OF 003 
 
 
The purpose of the Convention is to ban or restrict the use of 
specific types of weapons that are considered to cause unnecessary 
or unjustifiable suffering to combatants or to affect civilians 
indiscriminately.   Currently 102 states are members of the 
Convention. 
 
F. CASPIAN SECURITY INFORMATION 
 
19.  (SBU) On January 29, during a meeting between CBP Deputy 
Assitant Commissioner Stallworth and General-Major Marat Mazhitov, 
First Deputy Director and Chief of Main Staff, Border Guard Service, 
the issue of assistance in repairing the U.S.-donated vessel "Sea 
Ark" and EXBS-donated SAFE boats was raised.  (The details of the 
conversation will be reported to Washington separately.) 
 
III. RED FLAG ISSUES. 
 
20.  (U) None. 
 
HOAGLAND

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