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Cablegate: Kazakhstan Noncommittal On Unga Third Committee

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RR RUEHAST
DE RUEHTA #2955 3041312
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 311312Z OCT 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1038
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 1888
RUEHAST/USOFFICE ALMATY

UNCLAS ASTANA 002955

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: UNSC LE KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN NONCOMMITTAL ON UNGA THIRD COMMITTEE
RESOLUTIONS, UNLIKELY TO CHANGE POSITION FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

REF: (A) State 136426, (B) State 145641

1. Poloff delivered Ref B demarche to Amanbek Demesinov, director of
the international organizations section of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, on October 30. Demesinov said that in general it was too
early for the Government of Kazakhstan to make commitments or even
reveal its inclinations at this point, though he intimated that
Kazakhstan would not change its position from last year's voting on
the country specific resolutions. (Note: In 2006, Kazakhstan voted
for the resolutions on Burma and North Korea, and opposed the
resolutions on Belarus, Iran, and Uzbekistan. End note.)

2. Demesinov recalled Poloff's previous demarche on the issue of
rape as an instrument of state policy (ref A), but he said there
were some complications with the resolution that were making it
difficult for Kazakhstan to support it. He said that a group of
African states was opposed to the resolution, and this was causing
Kazakhstan to hesitate. He was unwilling to offer more specific
information.


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