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Cablegate: Kazakhstan's President Comments On Logistics

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SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN'S PRESIDENT COMMENTS ON LOGISTICS
CENTER FOR AFGHANISTAN, THE OSCE, OTHER KEY ISSUES

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1. (U) Sensitive but Unclassified. Not for public Internet.

2. (SBU) President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave his annual
summing up to the diplomatic corps on December 22. Since he
broke no new ground on any issue, we are reporting only
excerpts from his presentation about issues of special
interest to Washington readers.

-- AFGHANISTAN: Kazakhstan fully supports U.S. and its NATO
partners' efforts to bring stability and development to
Afghanistan because it is in Kazakhstan's national interest
to do so. In addition to Kazakhstan's already announced $50
million program to provide academic and technical education
over five years for 1,000 Afghans, Kazakhstan reiterated its
offer to provide a logistics center to support U.S. and
coalition troops in Afghanistan. (COMMENT: We believe this
is the first time Nazarbayev has made this offer public. END
COMMENT.)

-- OSCE: Kazakhstan has prepared for its 2010 chairmanship
with utmost seriousness, and will balance all three OSCE
dimensions. For the security dimension, Kazakhstan will
promote the Corfu Process -- Russia's desire for a new
European Security Treaty is only one of many proposals.
Likewise on security, Kazakhstan will emphasize
counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and border security,
especially in Afghanistan. For the economics and
environmental dimension, Kazakhstan will give priority to
transit and transportation and the Aral Sea, as well as
initiate a dialogue on energy security. For the human
dimension, Kazakhstan will uphold the OSCE's traditional
commitments and will pay special attention to religious
tolerance and ethnic non-discrimination.

-- MAJOR PARTNERS: Kazakhstan attaches special importance to
China's soft loans of $13 billion during the
economically-difficult 2009. The loans will be used solely
for development. Kazakhstan also considers its relationship
with the European Union a priority and is certain that its
"Path to Europe" policy will yield concrete results.
(COMMENT: Nazarbayev had very little to say about Russia,
except in the context of the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan
Customs Union. His comments about the United States were in
the context of Afghanistan and energy cooperation. END
COMMENT.)

-- CUSTOMS UNION: The Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs
Union is an historic achievement that will not preclude WTO
membership in the future. Other CIS countries will be
welcome to join the customs union eventually, but will need
to undertake the long procedure to harmonize their laws and
regulations with the customs union.

-- ENERGY: Kazakhstan will continue its energy cooperation
with the United States and Russia, while it seeks to
establish new routes for the export of its hydrocarbon
resources, especially to China and elsewhere. Because of the
surge in oil production expected for 2014, Kazakhstan is
continuing seriously to pursue the Kazakhstan Caspian
Transportation System and other routes to Europe.

-- CLIMATE CHANGE: Kazakhstan fully supports the Copenhagen
conclusions and will work to modernize its technologies and
to reduce emissions.

DOYEN ASKS FOR DIPLOMATIC CLUB BUILDING

3. (SBU) The doyen of the diplomatic corps, Azerbaijan's
Ambassador Latif Dandilov, gave the official response, noting

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that all but seven of the bilateral and multilateral
diplomatic missions accredited to Kazakhstan have now moved
from Almaty to Astana. Because of the size of the diplomatic
community -- over 50 missions -- he asked President
Nazarbayev to donate a building in Astana for a Diplomatic
Club.

PROTOCOL PRECEDENCE

4. (SBU) Presidential protocol reserved the front row of the
middle section of the audience for, from President
Nazarbayev's right to left, the ambassadors from Ukraine, the
United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan (the doyen), Russia, and the
United States.

NAZARBAYEV LOOKED HALE AND HEARTY

5. (SBU) Although some continue occasionally to speculate
about Nazarbayev's physical health and mental acuity, he
strode firmly to the platform and looked perfectly fine. He
seemed a bit bored with his prepared remarks, but once he
finished them and began his extemporaneous comments, he
became much more animated, for example, joking that the seven
"hold out missions" in Almaty should move to Astana soonest.
"It's much more healthy here in Astana than in Almaty -- with
our temperature today of (-23 F), there can't possibly be one
germ or microbe left alive in this city!" Following the
official convocation, Nazarbayev spent 45 minutes in the
receiving line at the not-extravagant buffet, and had
personal words for each ambassador and international
representative. He told the Ambassador he was especially
grateful for the tone of the recent letter from Secretary
Clinton, and he asked the Ambassador to extend his personal
invitation to her to visit Kazakhstan at her earliest
convenience.
HOAGLAND

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