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Cablegate: Turkey: Parliament Approves Extension of Turkey's

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P 310804Z MAY 07
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TAGS: PREL MARR UN LE TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: PARLIAMENT APPROVES EXTENSION OF TURKEY'S
UNIFIL DEPLOYMENT

REF: 06 ANKARA 5149

1. (SBU) ON MAY 29, THE TURKISH GRAND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
APPROVED THE EXTENSION OF TURKEY'S DEPLOYMENT TO UNIFIL UNTIL
AUGUST 31, 2008. THE GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED THE MOTION AT
THIS TIME IN THE EXPECTATION THAT PARLIAMENT WOULD NOT BE IN
SESSION FOLLOWING JULY 22 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS WHEN THE
CURRENT MANDATE EXPIRES. MFA UNDERSECRETARY APAKAN, WHO HAD
BEEN PRESENT FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE, TOLD AMBASSADOR
THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO OVERCOME STRONG OPPOSITION FROM
THE REPUBLICAN PEOPLES PARTY (CHP). PRIME MINISTER ERDOGAN
TOLD VISITING CODELS NELSON AND WHITFIELD ON MAY 28 THAT THE
GOT IS EXTENDING ITS DEPLOYMENT BECAUSE BELIEVES IT MUST
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT STABILITY IN LEBANON.

2. (U) THE CHP HAD OPPOSED THE INITIAL DEPLOYMENT OF TURKISH
TROOPS TO UNIFIL DURING A SIX-HOUR DEBATE ON SEPTEMBER 5,
2006 AND POLLING AT THE TIME SHOWED THE MAJORITY OF THE
PUBLIC OPPOSED TURKISH PARTICIPATION IN UNIFIL (REFTEL).

3. (U) TURKEY CONTRIBUTES A CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING UNIT AS
WELL AS NAVAL VESSELS TO UNIFIL, AND HAS OFFERED CONTRIBUTING
NATIONS ACCESS TO SELECTED TURKISH SEA AND AIRPORTS, AS WELL
AS AIRLIFT ASSETS, ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. TURKEY HAS ALSO
OFFERED TO COMMAND THE UNIFIL NAVAL COMPONENT AT THE END OF
GERMANY'S ROTATION.

VISIT ANKARA'S CLASSIFIED WEB SITE AT
HTTP://WWW.STATE.SGOV.GOV/P/EUR/ANKARA/

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