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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Pre-License End-Use Check

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R 072115Z DEC 07
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TO AMEMBASSY ANKARA 0000

UNCLAS STATE 164844

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SIPDIS
ANKARA FOR ROB LEE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC TU KOMC
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 05-050075628


1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2 - 4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on license 05-050075628 for the export of
firearms to Turkey. Post is requested to complete this Blue
Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of response to a Blue
Lantern check will affect pending and future licenses
involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for Request: End-user does not have a history of
importing firearms in such large quantities. This check is to
verify the bona fides of end-user, MKEK GENEL MUDURLUGU
IKMAL, and determine the ultimate end-use of the United
States Munitions List (USML) items listed below.

4. Action Request: Post is requested to establish the bona
fides of MKEK GENEL MUDURLUGU IKMAL as a reliable recipient
of United States Munitions List (USML) articles. Post should
also determine the client-base of MKEK GENEL MUDURLUGU IKMAL
to whom these firearms may be resold. The following points
are provided for guidance:

(To MKEK GENEL MUDURLUGU IKMAL)-- How long has your company
been in the business of importing and selling defense
articles? Are you familiar with the restrictions governing
the import of U.S. Munitions List (USML) commodities, in
particular, the prohibition of unauthorized re-export? Who
are your regular customers and where do they reside? Where
are the firearms being stored prior to resale? Why is this
order extraordinarily high in volume when compared to those
of the past? Have you identified specific customers to
purchase these firearms?

In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to this transaction such as security of facilities
and concerns about the parties involved.

5. Details of license application:

DTC Case: 05-050075628

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

150 9mm Pistols, Model 5903TSW

85 9mm Pistols, Model 5904TSW

275 9mm Pistols, Model 5906TSW

150 9mm Pistols, Model CS9

60 .45 Caliber Pistols, Model CS45

60 .45 Caliber Pistols, Model SW945

15 .357 Caliber Revolvers, Model 627

6 .44 Caliber Revolvers, Model 629CL

16 .44 Caliber Revolvers, Model 629

35 .357 Caliber Revolvers, Model 686, 2.5 in. BBL

25 .357 Caliber Revolvers, Model 686, 4 in. BBL

15 .357 Caliber Revolvers, Model 686, 6 in. BBL

15 .357 Caliber Revolvers, Model 60LS

15 .22LR Caliber Revolvers, Model 317

3 .22LR Caliber Pistols, Model 22A

3 .357 Caliber Revolvers, Model 327 TRR8

55 9mm Pistols, Model 3913TSW

License Value: USD $808,492

SELLER:

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEE:

Sarsilmas AS
Uzuncarsi CAD. NO: 69 34450 Mercan
Istanbul
Turkey

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Same as end-user

FOREIGN END-USER:

MKEK GENEL MUDURLUGU IKMAL
Dairesi Baskanligi 06330
Tandogan Ankara
Turkey

PURPOSE:

For commercial resale in Turkey.

6. Submitted in support of the license application were the
following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to Posts
upon request):

Signed DSP-83 dated 14 November 2007

Purchase Order from Mechanical & Chemical Industries
Corporation dated 7 November 2007

Import Authorization issued to Mechanical & Chemical
Industries Corporation by 26 September 2007.

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref) is
available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's E-Book
Collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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