Kazakhstan's War of Words Against Borat

"If there is one more item of Uzbek propaganda claiming that we do not drink fermented horse urine, give death penalty for baking bagels, or export over 300 tons of pubis every year, then we will be left with no alternative but to commence bombardments of their cities with our catapults."

The Kazakh government insists that Borat misrepresents their republic, including the issue of drinking fermented horse urine.

"You know what we drink?" Vassilenko said. "We drink fermented horse milk." Vassilenko explained that this is an ancient drink Kazakh drink. "The Kazakhstanis were traditionally nomads, and the horse was a source of everything for a person, including food, like milk. So, and this is a very good drink for the summer and perhaps, this is where his inspiration for this concoction comes from."

The Kazakh government has also banned Borat's Web site -- which once was www.borat.kz -- from their country's domain. The government has even threatened to sue Cohen, which Borat said was just fine with him.

"I have no connection with Mr. Cohen and fully support my government's decision to sue this Jew," Borat said in a video statement put on the Web, which got worldwide press attention. "Since the 2003 Tulyakov reforms, Kazakhstan is as civilized as any other country in the world; women can now travel inside of bus. Homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hats. And age of consent has been raised to 8 years old."

Borat's press conference ended when the Kazakh embassy called police, who told him to leave the area. With reporters in tow, Borat made his way down 16th Street, en route to the White House.

After giving Borat guidance as to how to get to the White House, this reporter asked Borat how he felt about the Kazakhstan foreign minister's plan to try and ban his film from that country.

"I have made clear that this is not true government who is speaking, and this is imposter from Uzbekistan."

Borat kissed this reporter on the cheek and said, "You have pretty face. And sexy legs."

When Borat arrived at the White House, he told the guard he was there "to give Premiere Bush an invitation" to a screening of his film on Friday night.

"Do you have an appointment with him?" the guard asked.

"Not so much," said Borat.

"Without an appointment, you're not going to be able to come in," said the guard.

After the guard explained that he couldn't deliver to the president the invitation, either -- "it's policy," he said -- Borat asked if the guard could tell the president that after the film there will be a "10 o'clock cocktail party to discuss cooperation between the two countries at Hooters, which is 825 7th Street."

"OK," agreed the guard.

"I like you very much," said Borat, who then turned and walked into an awaiting van. He didn't break character once.

But while Borat wasn't admitted to the White House, on Friday, President Naserbayev will be, for a working lunch with President Bush. There's no word on whether fermented horse milk -- or fermented anything else -- will be served.

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