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Cablegate: New Zealand Response to Demarche Regarding Turkey

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RUEHPB RUEHROV
DE RUEHWL #0142 1150602
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 240602Z APR 08
FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5204
INFO RUEHZU/ASIAN PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION
RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 5163
RUEHNZ/AMCONSUL AUCKLAND 1658
RUEHDN/AMCONSUL SYDNEY 0667
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000142

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EEB/IFD/ODF CHRISTINE HARBAUGH STATE PASS TO
TREASURY DO/IA/IDP BARBARA HOLLOWAY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PREL NZ
SUBJECT: NEW ZEALAND RESPONSE TO DEMARCHE REGARDING TURKEY
CHANGE OF STATUS AT THE EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION
AND DEVELOPMENT (EBRD).

REF: SECSTATE 41999

In response to reftel, Louisa Gault policy officer in the
European Division of New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(MFAT) informed Embassy that MFAT has not yet developed a
formal position on Turkey's request to change membership
status with respect to the mandate of the EBRD. Despite the
lack of a formal position, MFAT remains open to the plan
proposed by the United States and would not oppose it.
However, MFAT remains cautious that it (the U.S. plan) may
mean that members could loose the opportunity to undertake a
wholesale review of the EBRD mandate that has been slated for
the Capital Resources Review 4 in 2010. Per Gault, "we think
that this 2010 review is important as the timescale for U.S
review is very short." Any additional information that State
or Treasury could offer to address MFAT's concern would help
further ensure GNZ support.
KEEGAN

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