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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 000131 SENSITIVE SIPDIS STATE FOR SCA/CEN E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER ENRG KNNP TRGY IAEA KZ SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: PREPARED FOR SHERPA MEETING IN THE HAGUE REF: (A) STATE 7493 (B) STATE 5891 ASTANA 00000131 001.3 OF 002 ¶1. (U) Sensitive but unclassified. Not for public Internet. ¶2. (SBU) SUMMARY: On January 29, the CDA and the Dutch Ambassador jointly delivered the invitation to the February 9-11 preparatory meeting for the Global Nuclear Security Summit. Umarov, who said Kazakhstan had no objections to the proposed work plan, presented Kazakhstan's comments on the Communique. He asked for a bilateral meeting with U.S. Sherpa Gary Samore, if possible. He offered Astana as the possible venue of another meeting, "if necessary." Umarov highlighted that Kazakhstan is one of the few countries that has completed the full cycle of disarmament. He claimed that President Nazarbayev has urged Iran to follow Kazakhstan's example. END SUMMARY. ¶3. (SBU) The CDA and Dutch Ambassador to Kazakhstan Frans Potuyt jointly delivered ref A demarche to Deputy Foreign Minister Kairat Umarov on January 29. Umarov noted that Kazakhstan, a country that willingly renounced its nuclear weapons, fully supports the Nuclear Security Summit and President Obama's vision for a nuclear-free world. He noted that "many different views" were voiced at the last Sherpa meeting in Tokyo, in which he participated, and he commended the United States for producing a "magically-balanced" draft text for the Summit Communique. ¶4. (SBU) While Kazakhstan has no objections to the work plan, Umarov presented the CDA and Ambassador Potuyt with three proposed changes to the Communique (forwarded to the desk separately). Umarov said he hoped sherpas would be able to make significant progress on the draft communiqu and work plan, but said that if preparations required an additional meeting, he would like to offer Astana as the venue. The CDA said she would convey the request. ¶5. (SBU) Noting that U.S. Sherpa Gary Samore had not been able to attend the Tokyo meeting, Umarov asked whether he will attend meeting in the Hague. If possible, he requested a bilateral meeting. The CDA promised to convey his request. ¶6. (SBU) Ambassador Potuyt asked for Umarov's views on whether the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) should be discussed at the Summit. Umarov said that the NPT Review Conference "has a very different task, and we agreed in Tokyo to separate" the NPT and the Summit. (NOTE: Umarov essentially repeated ref B points that the Ambassador delivered to him on January 25. END NOTE.) ¶7. (SBU) Umarov highlighted that of the invited countries, Kazakhstan is one of the few that "knows the full cycle of disarmament." Umarov thanked the U.S. for its assistance in the years of Kazakhstan's development and implementation of its non-proliferation policies. The CDA and Potuyt both commended Kazakhstan on its progress and cooperation with the international ASTANA 00000131 002.3 OF 002 community. ¶8. (SBU) Kazakhstan recently established a Cabinet-level Commission on Non-proliferation, headed by State Secretary-Foreign Minister Saudabayev, underlined Umarov. He highlighted Kazakhstan's proposal to host the international nuclear fuel bank as an example of its commitment to the safe use of nuclear power. Umarov also noted Iranian support for Kazakhstan's nuclear fuel bank initiative. He asserted President Nazarbayev encourages his Iranian counterparts "all the time to follow our example and make the nuclear program transparent." CDA and Potuyt both commended Kazakhstan on its non-proliferation record and agreed that its experience should serve as a good role model for Iran. SPRATLEN