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06ALMATY1482
2006-04-24 05:21:00
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KAZAKHSTAN: AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH NEW SECURITY

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DEPT FOR SCA/CEN (J. MUDGE)

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/24/2016
TAGS: PREL MARR PTER KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: AMBASSADOR MEETS WITH NEW SECURITY
COUNCIL CHAIR TAZHIN

REF: ASTANA 37

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



1. (S) Summary: During his first meeting with Marat Tazhin
in his new position of Secretary of the Security Council, the
Ambassador reviewed bilateral security cooperation efforts.
He noted that counterterrorism cooperation with the KNB
appeared to be back on track, DOD and MOD were engaged in a
five-year cooperation plan, and the FBI and MVD were working
well together on the Sarsenbaiuly murder investigation. The
Ambassador also reviewed areas that will likely be discussed
during the Vice President's May 5 meeting with President
Nazarbayev in Astana, including improved coordination of
Caspian security efforts and expanded cooperation through the
Proliferation Security Initiative. Tazhin, noting that he
was still trying to understand his own role, said that his
first task would be to focus the subject matter for the Vice
President's upcoming visit. He said that his initial
interagency meetings on security issues had given him the
impression that mil-to-mil cooperation with the U.S. was
going quite well; the main question Kazakhstan faced was
whether to adopt Russian or NATO technical standards, or some
combination. Tazhin also positively assessed bilateral
counterterrorism efforts, and expressed an interest in
learning more about how the U.S. intelligence community is
structured to facilitate information sharing, as well as
about the Congressional oversight role. End summary.



2. (SBU) In an April 18 meeting with the Ambassador, newly
appointed Secretary of the Security Council Marat Tazhin
noted that he was assuming the position for the third time in
his career. Tazhin, appointed most recently on April 13 to
replace Bulat Utemuratov, held the same job February 1999-May
2001 and December 2001-April 2002. He told the Ambassador
that his primary focus would be on security issues involving
the MVD, KNB, and MOD.



3. (C) The Ambassador told Tazhin that he hoped he would not
forget our joint efforts to move forward on democratization.
He noted that U.S.-Kazakhstani cooperation is excellent in
the area of security. Although there had been a slight pause
in cooperation with the KNB following Dutbayev's departure,
the Ambassador said, it looked like things were now back on
track. The Ambassador reminded Tazhin that the U.S. has a
five-year military cooperation plan with MOD, and the FBI is
working well with the MVD on the Sarsenbaiuly investigation.
The Ambassador briefed Tazhin on the U.S. role, noting that
while there is no doubt about the involvement of the ten
suspects now in custody, further investigation was needed to
determine if others were involved.



4. (S) The Ambassador briefly reviewed the list of areas of

cooperation that A/S Boucher had discussed with counterparts
during his recent visit (reftel), highlighting Caspian
security as an area that needed particular consideration.
The Ambassador told Tazhin that it appeared that better
coordination of existing efforts was needed, and asked for
Tazhin's thoughts on what type of coordination mechanism
might be useful. The Ambassador noted that President
Nazarbayev during a recent visit had raised the idea of
concluding an agreement on security cooperation in the
Caspian. (Note: In a separate April 18 meeting, PA legal
department head Berik Imashev stressed that Tazhin had the
lead on this issue. He nonetheless offered his personal
suggestion that the Ministry of Emergency Situations be
involved in any coordination mechanism, as it would be
involved in responding to any chem, bio, or nuclear events in
the Caspian region. He also commented that that the
involvement of MES would underscore the civil aspect of
cooperation and prevent the impression of "militarization" of
the Caspian. End note.)



5. (S) U/S Joseph had discussed expanding U.S.-Kazakhstani
cooperation within the Proliferation Security Initiative
(PSI) during his October meeting with President Nazarbayev,
the Ambassador noted. The U.S. was most concerned about the
route between North Korea and Iran, where Kazakhstan was
particularly well-placed to assist with interdictions. We
needed to work out information exchange channels. The
Ambassador noted that Tazhin's predecessor Utemuratov had
been our designated POC on PSI issues.



6. (C) Tazhin said that as he had just moved to the Security
Council, he was still trying to understand his role. He
expressed optimism that he would be able to continue his
close cooperation with the U.S. in his new position, and said

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one of his first priorities would be to focus on the subject
matter for the Vice President's meeting with President
Nazarbayev. In response to Tazhin's question about the
prospects for a Nazarbayev visit to Washington, the
Ambassador explained that we were looking for a date in the
fall that would not conflict with UNGA or with the
Kazakhstani world religions conference.



7. (C) Tazhin said that he had spoken to Defense Minister
Altynbayev the day before regarding military cooperation with
the U.S. He came away with the impression that there is
good, stable contact between the MOD and DOD. The MOD's
budget is rising, which will permit the continued
modernization of equipment. The main question Kazakhstan
faced was of military-technical standards: should they move
completely to Russian or NATO standards, or some combination?
The question had implications both for future
interoperability as well as for purchase, repair, and upgrade
costs. The Ambassador noted that the modernization process
had already begun with the acquisition of Humvees from the
U.S. and the order for Huey helicopters.



8. (S) Tazhin said the other main question on the bilateral
agenda is counterterrorism efforts. He had attended an
interagency meeting the day before on the subject, which had
concluded that there were no significant problems and that
information exchange was good. There has been particular
success in joint tracking of terrorist groups in Kazakhstan.
Tazhin commented that the U.S. intelligence community has a
good information sharing structure as well as clear
Congressional oversight mechanisms, two areas he would like
to see improved in Kazakhstan. The Ambassador explained the
role of the Director of National Intelligence, and offered to
help arrange separate meetings for Tazhin on these types of
organizational issues if he accompanied Nazarbayev to
Washington in the fall.
ORDWAY