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Cablegate: Turkey to Submit Final Cfe Entitlement Transfer

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DE RUEHAK #0723 0881538
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 291538Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1514
INFO RUEHXP/ALL NATO POST COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

UNCLAS ANKARA 000723

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCFE NATO PARM PREL TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY TO SUBMIT FINAL CFE ENTITLEMENT TRANSFER
MOU TEXT ON MARCH 30

REF: A. ANKARA 681
B. STATE 37715

1. (SBU) Per ref a, we followed up with Ahmet Muhtar Gun, MFA
Deputy Director General for Arms Control and Disarmament, on
March 28 to underscore US acceptance of Turkey's changes to
the CFE Entitlement Transfer MOU text and press for the
exchange of final documents by March 30. Gun said that the
final text must be cleared by Deputy Foreign Minister Apakan,
who is out of the country. In preparation for his return,
Gun has prepared a Note Verbale notifying the US of Turkey's
acceptance of the final text, which he will present to Apakan
on the 30th.

2. (SBU) Recognizing the US desire to place the NATO IS
document regarding the CFE transfer under silence procedure
at the earliest date possible in order to ensure NATO
approval by April 5, Gun pledged to send the Note Verbale
containing Turkey's formal approval of the MOU text to the
mission by noon local time on March 30. If, he said, the US
can be prepared at that time to submit to the MFA a Note
Verbale agreeing to this final version of the text, Turkey
will agree to the subsequent placement of the NATO IS
document under silence procedure that same day.

3. (SBU) Action Request: If Department agrees with this way
forward, post requests Department provide approved text for a
diplomatic note that responds to Turkey's note accepting the
final, agreed CFE entitlement transfer MOU text.

Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/ankara/

MCELDOWNEY

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