09ASTANA666, KAZAKHSTAN: INTER-AGENCY DELEGATION TO VISIT

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09ASTANA666 2009-04-20 11:31 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 000666 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, ISN/MTR, T 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/20/2029 
TAGS: PREL PGOV ETTC KNNP MTCR KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: INTER-AGENCY DELEGATION TO VISIT 
WASHINGTON TO DISCUSS KAZAKHSTAN'S REQUEST TO JOIN THE MTCR 
 
Classified By: Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland, Reasons 1.4 (B) and (D) 
 
1. (SBU) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent us a diplomatic 
note on April 14 requesting bilateral consultations in 
Washington during May 4-5 to discuss Kazakhstan's interest in 
joining the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).  The 
text of the note follows: 
 
BEGIN TEXT 
 
No. 10-3/1270 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
expresses its compliments to the Embassy of the United States 
of America and further to its Note 10-3/434 of February 6, 
2009, has the honor to inform the Embassy that the following 
Kazakhstani delegation will visit (the United States) May 
2-5, 2009, to discuss issues connected to Kazakhstan's 
accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR): 
 
1) B.K. Sadykov, Director, Multilateral Cooperation 
Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
2) E.M. Shaimagambetov, Deputy Chairman, National Space Agency 
3) A. Gabdullin, Division Chief, National Space Agency 
4) D. Akpanbayeva, Division Chief, Ministry of Industry and 
Trade 
5) A. Makhmudov, Attache, Multilateral Cooperation 
Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
 
During its visit, the Kazakhstani delegation would like to 
make a presentation on Kazakhstan's system of export controls 
and the development of the country's space activities, and 
provide to the U.S. side exhaustive information on 
Kazakhstan's readiness to accede to the MTCR. 
 
Delegation members B. Sadykov and A. Makhmudov will also be 
prepared to discuss specific issues regarding international 
security, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the 
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and the Strategic 
Offensive Reductions Treaty. 
 
In this regard, the Ministry kindly requests assistance in 
arranging meetings for the delegation with the appropriate 
agencies of the U.S. Government to discuss the aforementioned 
issues, and in obtaining U.S. visas in a timely fashion. 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 
avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy the 
assurances of its highest consideration. 
 
Astana, April 14 
 
END TEXT 
 
2. (C) COMMENT:  The Kazakhstanis regularly press us here to 
support their candidacy to join the MTCR.  They see MTCR 
membership as consistent with their membership in the 
expiring START I Treaty, their status as host of the Baikonur 
cosmodrome, and their ambitions to further develop their own 
space program.  They also believe MTCR membership will be yet 
another opportunity to demonstrate their reliability as an 
international partner on non-proliferation, and point out 
that Kazakhstan joined the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in 
2002 and became a subscribing state to the Hague Code of 
Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC) in 
2005. 
 
3. (C) COMMENT CONTINUED:  We recognize that there has 
essentially been a moratorium on new MTCR members since 
Bulgaria joined in 2004, with Russia holding membership for 
several new EU member states hostage to its demand that 
Kazakhstan, Belarus, and China be admitted.  At the same 
 
time, we understand that independent of this dispute, 
Washington does not support Kazakhstan's membership bid for 
several reasons, including because of concerns Kazakhstan has 
not harmonized its export control list with the MTCR's and 
does not have a track record of effective implementation of 
missile-related export controls.  Instead, Washington 
believes that Kazakhstan can make a contribution to 
preventing missile proliferation through unilateral adherence 
to MTCR guidelines.  At this juncture, however, we urge 
consideration of a new approach -- one that reflects the 
maturity of the U.S.-Kazakhstan strategic partnership and 
takes into account Kazakhstan's expressed interest in raising 
bilateral cooperation to a new level under the Obama 
Administration.  We recommend that U.S. government 
interlocutors use the Kazakhstani delegation's May visit to 
detail the specific steps Kazakhstan must take to address our 
MTCR concerns -- with a promise that should Kazakhstan 
satisfactorily implement all the steps, the United States 
would actively support Kazakhstan's MTCR candidacy once 
agreement is reached within the organization on admitting new 
members.  END COMMENT. 
HOAGLAND

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