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05ALMATY3629
2005-10-06 13:19:00
CONFIDENTIAL
US Office Almaty
Cable title:  

KAZAKHSTAN: DEMARCHE ON PROPOSALS TO ENABLE CIVIL

Tags:   PREL  KNNP  PARM  KZ  POLITICAL 
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061319Z Oct 05
						C O N F I D E N T I A L ALMATY 003629 

SIPDIS


DEPT FOR EUR/CACEN (J. MUDGE), EUR/PRA (J. CONLON), NP/RA
(C. EVANS)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/06/2015
TAGS: PREL KNNP PARM KZ POLITICAL
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: DEMARCHE ON PROPOSALS TO ENABLE CIVIL
NUCLEAR COOPERATION WITH INDIA BY THE NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS'
GROUP

REF: A. STATE 166864


B. ALMATY 3454

Classified By: Ambassador John Ordway, reasons 1.4 (B) and (D).



1. (SBU) In a September 27 meeting with Foreign Minister
Tokayev, Ambassador delivered Ref A demarche outlining U.S.
support of India's pursuit of civilian nuclear energy in
exchange for a stronger non-proliferation regime. The United
States, he continued, would like to raise this further with
the Nuclear Suppliers Group in October.



2. (SBU) Tokayev responded that he would brief the
Kazakhstani Ambassador in Geneva, without further comment.



3. (C) As reported Ref B, in a separate September 27 meeting
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Vladimir Shkolnik
questioned how providing nuclear fuel to India for civilian
use would serve nonproliferation goals. Any external fuel
supplied for civilian purposes would free up an equivalent
amount of domestically produced fuel for military purposes,
thus undermining our nonproliferation goals. He noted that
Kazakhstan has in the past refused to sell India uranium for
that exact reason. Shkolnik said that he would ask the head
of Kazakhstan's nuclear regulatory agency, Timur Zhantikin,
to discuss this issue with U.S. experts at the IAEA in
October.
ORDWAY


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