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06KIEV1088, UKRAINE: KAZAKHSTAN AND THE 2009 OSCE

March 22, 2006

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06KIEV1088 2006-03-22 05:23 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
VZCZCXRO7625
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #1088 0810523
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 220523Z MAR 06 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY KIEV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8268
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

 

C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 001088 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/21/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PBTS PHUM OSCE UP KZ
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: KAZAKHSTAN AND THE 2009 OSCE 
CHAIRMANSHIP-IN-OFFICE 

Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Sheila S. Gwaltney for reasons 1 
.4 (b,d). 

1. (C) Summary:  During a March 2 meeting with U.S. 
Ambassador to the OSCE Julie Finley, DFM Volodymyr Khandohiy 
said Ukraine would not actively lobby for the 2009 OSCE 
Chairmanship in Office, but might consider advancing its 
candidacy if Kazakhstan were to voluntarily withdraw its bid. 
 End summary. 

2. (C) Asked by Ambassador Finley about Ukraine's relations 
with Kazakhstan, Khandohiy said he did not have much to say 
about the relationship except that it was a normal one and 
Ukraine had an interest in Kazakh natural gas.  A Kazakh 
company was also one of the bidders to construct an extension 
to the Odesa-Brody pipeline to Plock in Poland.  Ambassador 
Finley inquired how firm was the Ukrainian government's 
endorsement of Kazakhstan's bid to be OSCE Chairman in Office 
in 2009 that had been issued by all participants in the 
August 2005 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit 
in Kazan, Georgia.  In Ambassador Finley's opinion, 
Kazakhstan might not be quite ready to be Chairman-in-Office 
of an organization based on support for democracy and human 
rights.  She noted that her inquiry was only preliminary, 
since no decision needed to be taken until the OSCE took up 
the issue of the 2009 chairmanship in December. 

3. (C) Khandohiy responded warily that President Yushchenko 
had stressed the importance of good relations with 
Kazakhstan, especially since Kazakhstan could be a key 
element in Ukraine's energy security.  Ukraine had expressed 
an interest in assuming the OSCE Chairmanship in Office in 
2013 and would prefer to stick to this schedule.  If 
Kazakhstan voluntarily withdrew its candidacy, then Ukraine 
might consider advancing its bid. 

4. (C) Ambassador Finley said that, while not wishing to 
embarrass the Kazakhstan government, she thought that 
Kazakhstan should have an additional two years to demonstrate 
its commitment to democratic principles.  Words were not 
enough.  If Kazakhstan took appropriate steps to demonstrate 
its commitment concretely to democratic principles, then the 
USG would be the first to endorse Kazakhstan's candidacy for 
OSCE Chairman in Office in 2011.  Kazakhstan needed to 
develop a way to gracefully remove itself from the running 
for Chairman-in-Office, which could be done as late as 
September, Ambassador Finley commented.  Kazakhstan's 
President Nazarbayev could say that, while Kazakhstan 
remained extremely interested in assuming greater leadership 
within OSCE, the demands of economic development and 
democratic reform precluded assuming the OSCE Chairmanship in 
Office in 2009.  Khandohiy said he understood and thanked 
Ambassador Finley for her suggestion, which was "worth 
discussing." 

5. (U) Ambassador Finley cleared this cable. 

6. (U) Visit Embassy Kiev's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Herbst

 

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