UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ASTANA 000502
DEPARTMENT FOR S/WCI (STAMILIO), L/PM (AHAINES), SCA/CEN (M.
O'MARA), DOD/OGC (BEAVER), OUSD/DETAINEE POLICY (LIOTTA), NSC
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER KAWC PINR PREL KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: ASSURANCES FOR RETURN OF KAZAKHSTANI
REF: A. State 146996, B. Almaty 3086
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Â¶1. (SBU) Summary: Kazakhstan has agreed to the return of three
citizens held at Guantanamo, and has provided written assurances
regarding human rights and security issues. End summary.
Â¶2. (SBU) On November 7, Poloff met with Ualikhan S. Sanginkhanov,
Head of the MFA's Division of Europe and America, Department of
Consular Services to further discuss the Kazakhstani detainees at
Guantanamo Bay. Sanginkhanov had requested the meeting in order to
pass Poloff the official Kazakhstani diplomatic note providing the
human rights and security assurances requested in Ref A in order to
initiate the process of the repatriation of three Kazakhstani
Â¶3. (SBU) The original Russian-language text of the diplomatic note
will be scanned and sent via email to SCA/CEN Marty O'Mara. Post
translation of the text follows.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents its compliments to the
Embassy of the United States of America in the Republic of
Kazakhstan and in reply to the Embassy's diplomatic note No. 0976/06
of September 18, 2006, has the honor to inform the Embassy of the
The Kazakhstani side, having considered the proposal of the United
States Government regarding the return to Kazakhstan of Kazakhstani
citizens who are currently under the control of the U.S. Department
of Defense at the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, agrees to
accept A.B. Abykhanov, S.T. Arupov and I.T. Batayev on the territory
of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The Kazakhstani side, pursuant to the agreement with the American
side of September 14, 2006, will accept Kazakhstani citizen D.I.
Kerimbakiyev if he is not found guilty by the competent authorities
of the United States of America.
Upon acceptance of transferred persons, in order to ensure that
there is no continued threat to the international community, the
Republic of Kazakhstan, or the United States, the Kazakhstani side
will take, as far as possible, all necessary and appropriate steps
consistent with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan to
prevent the above-named Kazakhstani citizens from engaging in
Additionally, the Kazakhstani side notes that in accordance with the
legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan a capable citizen of
Kazakhstan should himself bear all responsibility for his actions
and conduct, including criminal responsibility.
The Kazakhstani side will carry out necessary actions for
identifying the transferred persons and will inform the United
States Government in case the transferred persons seek to leave
Kazakhstan or succeed in doing so.
At the same time the Kazakhstani side notes that under Kazakhstani
law, it would be possible to enter the transferred persons into
appropriate national or international watch lists, restrict their
travel outside the country, confiscate their passports or deny them
permission to travel only in case of their prosecution in accordance
the established procedures for committing criminal act and under the
preventive punishment restricting their constitutional rights,
including freedom of movement.
The Kazakhstani side is ready to provide information received from
the stated persons or in regard to them in case it poses a threat to
the interests of the United States of America or is connected to the
terrorist activity. The Republic of Kazakhstan will assist the
American side in granting access to A.B. Abykhanov, S.T. Arupov,
I.T. Batayev in case of their consent with the representative of the
The Kazakhstani side will treat transferred persons in accordance
with the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan and its international
obligations including the Convention against Torture.
Additionally, the Kazakhstani side is addressing a request to the
American side to submit as soon as possible legalized and
operational documents regarding the circumstances of detention of
the above-named citizens of Kazakhstan in Afghanistan, their
statements during interrogations, as well as other available
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information confirming their implication in terrorist activity.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs avails itself of this occasion to
renew to the Embassy of the United States of America the assurance
of its highest consideration.
November 6, 2006
Â¶4. (SBU) Kazakhstani security officials also expressed interest in
interviewing the detainees again before a transfer. They have been
informed to make their request through their embassy in Washington.