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07BISHKEK908
2007-07-13 08:38:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Bishkek
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KYRGYZ MFA CONFIDENT ABOUT SCO SUMMIT PREPARATIONS

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/13/2017
TAGS: PGOV PREL KG
SUBJECT: KYRGYZ MFA CONFIDENT ABOUT SCO SUMMIT PREPARATIONS

Classified By: CDA Lee Litzenberger, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).



1. (C) In a July 10 meeting, Deputy Foreign Minister Sarbayev
told Charge that preparations for the August 16 Shanghai
Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek were moving
quickly, and that following the July 9 meeting of SCO foreign
ministers, summit documents were nearly ready. Sarbayev said
the summit documents included a Bishkek Declaration, which
would focus on SCO accomplishments and goals, and a
friendship and cooperation agreement among the countries. He
described the friendship treaty as an effort to integrate the
many existing bilateral friendship agreements between SCO
members. He acknowledged there had been some back-and-forth
over certain provisions of the text, but noted with pride
that Kyrgyzstan, as the summit host, had steered the members
toward a consensus text that was "95% agreed" by SCO foreign
ministers. He assured Charge that the text in no way reduced
the sovereignty or independence of any SCO member.



2. (C) Sarbayev said that the SCO members had invited Afghan
President Karzai to the summit in recognition of the
importance of Afghanistan to regional security. He added
that from now on, the activities of the SCO-Afghanistan
contact group would be conducted at the upgraded level of
foreign minister.



3. (C) Sarbayev said that all SCO member countries had
confirmed that they would be represented by heads of state at
the summit. Observers Iran and Mongolia would be represented
by their presidents, and observers Pakistan and India by
their foreign ministers. Sarbayev said that in addition to
the SCO's members and observers, the Kyrgyz had invited UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Turkmenistan President

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Berdimuhamedov, as well as President Karzai, to attend the
summit as guests, but they had not yet responded formally.
He expressed some concern that Kyrgyzstan did not know the
actual arrival dates of summit participants -- with the
exception of the Iranian president, who had immediately
confirmed his participation and provided an itinerary.
Sarbayev said Kyrgyzstan was urging heads of state to arrive
on August 15, so that the summit can begin the morning of the
16th.



4. (C) Sarbayev said that there would be a bilateral state
visit from China ahead of the summit. Sarbayev said that
Iran had pressed hard for a state visit for President
Ahmadinejad following the summit, but the Kyrgyz had not yet
agreed out of concern over what Ahmadinejad might say during
the SCO summit. Sarbayev said he was traveling to Tehran
July 13 to discuss the visit with Iranian officials and
convey the message that provocative statements by Ahmadinejad
would be unwelcome.



5. (C) Sarbayev, who has been closely involved in the
planning for the summit, said that Kyrgyzstan was ready to
host the delegations. He said that following the plenary
session the morning of August 16, there would be a "gala
concert" at the Philharmonic Hall, to which the full
diplomatic corps would be invited.
LITZENBERGER