Viewing cable 06ALMATY2549
Title: KAZAKHSTAN: FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON GUANTANAMO

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06ALMATY25492006-07-13 15:21:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET US Office Almaty
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 ALMATY 002549 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR S/WCI (WITTEN), L/PM (AHAINES), SCA/CEN (J. 
MUDGE), DOD/OGC (BEAVER), OUSD/DETAINEE POLICY (LIOTTA), 
NSC (CAMPONOVO) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/13/2016 
TAGS: PTER KAWC PINR PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: FURTHER DISCUSSIONS ON GUANTANAMO 
DETAINEES 
 
REF: A. ALMATY 1946 
 
     ¶B. 7/8/06 PORGES-MONK EMAIL 
 
Classified By: Amb. John Ordway, reasons 1.4(C) and (D). 
 
¶1. (S) Summary:  In a July 12 meeting with MFA consular 
officials, Poloff followed up on Ref A discussion of the 
transfer of Kazakhstani detainees at Guantanamo.  Poloff 
passed requested information about the background of the 
three Kazakhstani detainees approved for transfer (Ref B), 
explained that DoD can arrange for transport of the detainees 
to Kazakhstan via DoD aircraft, and noted that the U.S. is 
seeking assurances that the GOK will take all necessary and 
appropriate steps under its laws to prevent them from 
engaging in or facilitating terrorism, not a guarantee that 
these individuals will never again engage in terrorism.  The 
Kazakhstanis requested access to the detainees by one of 
their consular officers in the United States and a diplomatic 
note explaining (again) the guarantees requested.  See  para. 
7 for action request.  End summary. 
 
¶2. (S) On July 12, Poloff met with Ualikhan S. Sanginkhanov, 
Head of the MFA,s Division of Europe and America, Department 
of Consular Services, and Abdulmannap Kanibekov, in Astana to 
further discuss the Kazakhstani detainees at Guantanamo Bay. 
Sanginkhanov stated that Kanibekov will now be working on 
this issue and said that all future discussions should be 
held with him.  Poloff passed them background information on 
the three Kazakhstani citizens approved for transfer (Ref B) 
and explained that DoD can arrange for transport of the 
detainees to an agreed upon location within Kazakhstan via 
DoD aircraft.  After Sanginkhanov reiterated the Kazakhstani 
position that the GOK can not guarantee that these 
individuals will never again engage in terrorism, Poloff 
again clarified that the U.S. is seeking a guarantee that the 
GOK will take all necessary and appropriate steps under its 
laws to prevent them from engaging in or facilitating 
terrorism, not a guarantee that these individuals will never 
again engage in terrorism. 
 
¶3. (SBU) Kanibekov requested that a Kazakhstani consular 
officer based in the United States be allowed to visit the 
Kazakhstani detainees.  He said that although representatives 
of the Kazakhstani Committee for State Security (KNB) had 
been in contact with the Kazakhstani detainees, no one from 
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had met with them.  He 
further explained that information sharing was not smooth 
between the two organizations and the MFA wanted to meet with 
the detainees to assess their health and mental state, and to 
determine if they wanted to return to Kazakhstan. 
 
¶4. (S) The Kazakhstanis also requested that  the embassy send 
a diplomatic note clarifying the guarantees requested by the 
United States.  Sanginkhanov claimed that previous diplomatic 
notes did not make clear what guarantees the U.S. was 
requesting -- that the detainees will never again engage in 
terrorism, or that the GOK will do what it can to ensure they 
do not engage in terrorism.  Since these guarantees will need 
to be made by the KNB, the MFA officers recommended that U.S. 
intelligence and Kazakhstani intelligence work together 
through their channels. 
 
¶5. (C) Comment:  We sense continued reluctance by the GOK to 
accept the return of the three detainees and suspect that the 
GOK,s next delaying tactic may be to claim that its 
detainees do not want to return to Kazakhstan.  The GOK may 
ultimately propose that the detainees should be allowed to 
travel to a third country instead of Kazakhstan.  Although 
there have been limited occasions when the press has asked 
what the GOK is doing to get the detainees back, local 
officials have side-stepped the issue and appear to feel no 
domestic pressure to facilitate their return.  End comment. 
 
¶6. (SBU) Post proposes the following text as a diplomatic 
note.  The bulk of the text was taken from previously passed 
dip notes. 
 
Begin Text: 
 
(Complimentary opening.)  The United States is detaining four 
Kazakhstani citizens at Guantanamo Bay.  After a thorough 
review of their status, the U.S. Department of Defense had 
determined that three of them no longer need to be detained 
by the United States and has approved their transfer to 
Kazakhstan. 
 
 
ALMATY 00002549  002 OF 002 
 
 
In order to return these individuals to Kazakhstan, the U.S. 
government is seeking assurances that the Kazakhstani 
government will take appropriate steps consistent with 
Kazakhstani law to ensure that the detainees will not engage 
in terrorist activities or otherwise pose a threat to the 
United States, and that they will be treated humanely by the 
Kazakhstani government.  The United States understands that 
the Kazakhstani government can not guarantee that these 
individuals will never again engage in terrorist activity. 
Rather, the United States seeks assurances that Kazakhstan 
will take all necessary and appropriate steps under its laws 
to prevent them from engaging in or facilitating terrorism. 
 
This is a matter of great importance to the United States, 
which does not want to hold people at Guantanamo any longer 
than necessary.  The United States would like to see their 
return realized in the near future, certainly before 
President Nazarbayev,s planned visit to Washington later 
this year. 
 
Given the fact that these three detainees are citizens of 
Kazakhstan,  there is no other appropriate country to which 
they could be returned, regardless of their personal travel 
desires.  Repatriation to Kazakhstan is the only option. 
 
The Embassy looks forward to working with the Ministry to 
resolve this matter and ensure that the three Guantanamo 
detainees from Kazakhstan that are approved for transfer are 
soon repatriated to their home country. 
(Complimentary close.) 
 
End Text. 
 
¶7. (S) Action request:  Post requests Department guidance on 
responding to the Kazakhstani request for consular access to 
the detainees and clearance of the draft diplomatic note. 
Post also requests that the Department double-track the issue 
of assurances through intelligence channels. 
ORDWAY