Viewing cable 06DUSHANBE669
Title: TAJIKISTAN: FOREIGN MINISTER AGREES TO TRY TO HELP RESOLVE

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E.O. 12958: DECL:  4/12/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM PROP PTER ECON KAWC RS TI
SUBJECT: TAJIKISTAN:  FOREIGN MINISTER AGREES TO TRY TO HELP RESOLVE 
OUTSTANDING DETAINEE ISSUE 
 
REF: DUSHANBE 0465 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Richard E. Hoagland, Ambassador, EXEC, Embassy 
Dushanbe. 
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
 
 
DETAINEE ISSUE 
 
¶1.  (S) Foreign Minister Talbak Nazarov agreed to designate a 
government point of contact to help resolve the issue of 
transferring Tajik citizens from Guantanamo to Tajikistan 
(reftel).  In a 40-minute meeting April 6, Nazarov listened 
carefully as the Ambassador explained the assurances necessary, 
including post-return access by the United States or a third 
party, for the United States to release a detainee.  Nazarov 
agreed to be helpful but gave a heads-up that it could take some 
time, since the access requirement would need interagency 
coordination.  Though it was clear he was not fully serious, 
Nazarov commented that Tajikistan did not necessarily want 
"those kinds of people" back.  Since they were detained most 
likely in Afghanistan, they likely had at least some kind of 
affiliation with extremist elements. 
 
CEMENT FOR THE BRIDGE AND SANCTITY OF CONTRACTS 
 
¶2.  (C) Nazarov listened with concern about the renewed shortage 
of cement for the U.S.-funded bridge construction site at 
Nizhniy Pyanzh.  The Ambassador noted that Presidential Economic 
Advisor Davlatov had to intervene in February for the 
state-owned cement company to resume its contractual deliveries 
to the bridge site, and that the company was now seeking to 
increase the price of cement by 50 percent, despite the 
contract.  Nazarov volunteered that the Tajik government well 
understands the sanctity of contracts because the Turkish 
construction company building Dushanbe's new water park in 2004 
tried to increase the price by $4 million, and then finally 
absconded with $1 million in city government funds, leaving the 
water park site a raw and gaping embarrassment.  The Ambassador 
gave Nazarov a copy of the current contract with Tojik Cement. 
 
STILL LOOKING FOR DEBT RELIEF 
 
¶3.  (C) Regarding the upcoming visit of a delegation of top 
Tajik decision-makers and others who are influential to 
Washington for the World Bank/IMF meetings, Nazarov said 
President Rahmonov had asked him to query the Ambassador whether 
a formal request for meetings with U.S officials was needed. 
The Ambassador assured Nazarov the meetings would be arranged 
with his verbal request.  Nazarov indicated the delegation would 
again raise the issue of debt relief. 
 
"FASCISM IN RUSSIA" 
 
¶4.  (C) In the context of a discussion of recent articles 
published in the Russian press about U.S. "designs" on 
Tajikistan and an inflammatory but likely faked kompromat 
interview with RusAl head Oleg Deripaska, Nazarov observed 
soberly that today's Russia seems almost fascist.  "I lived 
there for ten years, and they were never like that," he 
remarked.  "I never noticed such hatred and xenophobia as there 
is now."  He noted the recent visit to China by Russian 
President Putin indicated that Russia "changed its friends 
easily."  (COMMENT:  Despite Moscow's increasing bear-hug, 
thoughtful Tajiks, like the foreign minister, remain cautious 
about Russia.  Skinheads and other criminals who murder Tajiks 
in Russia and then get off relatively lightly continue to evoke 
 
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both dismay and outrage in Tajikistan.  END COMMENT.) 
 
¶5.  (SBU) On the way out, Nazarov joked that local media 
coverage of the Ambassador was usually good, and frequent. "You 
must be doing a good job," he smiled. 
HOAGLAND