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Cablegate: Turkey Not Ready to Cosponsor U.S./Ec Taft Goods

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD WTRO ECON TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY NOT READY TO COSPONSOR U.S./EC TAFT GOODS
PROPOSAL

REF: STATE 12905

1. (SBU) We delivered reftel points in coordination with the
EC's Economic Counselor in Turkey, Ulrike Hauer. Turkish
Foreign Trade Undersecretariat Deputy Director General for
Multilateral Agreements, Hasan Yalcin, told us that Turkey
supports the ideas presented in the joint proposal "in
principle", but it has too many concerns about some of the
specifics to commit at this time to cosponsoring it.

2. (SBU) Turkey's general concerns relate to the proposal's
potential to ease market access for Turkey's major textile
competitors, such as China. Its specific concerns relate to
the language that requires countries to consult with
non-governmental parties such as the producers and exporters.
Turkey is also concerned about paragraph 2 relating to the
TBT agreement, which Yalcin characterized as too broad and
giving too much strength to the original TBT agreement.
Finally, Turkey objects to the notification requirements and
time limits specified in paragraph 5, which Yalcin
characterized as "impossible".

3. (SBU) Comment: While not yet ready to cosponsor, we got
the impression that Turkey's representatives at the WTO are
willing to discuss their concerns with EC and U.S.
representatives and could be persuaded. End comment.

Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Turk ey

WILSON

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