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Cablegate: Portugal to Consult Eu Regarding Turkey Change Of

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STATE FOR EEB/IFD/ODF
STATE PASS TO TREASURY DO/IA/IDP

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PREL TU
SUBJECT: PORTUGAL TO CONSULT EU REGARDING TURKEY CHANGE OF
STATUS IN EBRD

REF: STATE 41999

Poleconoff delivered reftel demarche points to the Ministry
of Finance Office of Planning, Strategy, Evaluation and
International Relations, GOP lead for the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), outlining Turkey's
change of status request and soliciting GOP support for a
strategic review of the EBRD mandate before the Bank's
decision. Multilateral Relations Division Chief Rosa Caetano
speculated whether the review of the EBRD scheduled as part
of Capital Resources Review 4 in 2010 might be an appropriate
time to take up the question, but deferred providing a GOP
position. Caetano said she understands the USG position but
emphasized that European Union member states coordinate
responses to such questions, and the Ministry must defer
providing a position pending discussions with EU colleagues.
Caetano indicated she will be attending the annual meeting of
the Asian Development Bank next week and anticipates
discussing Turkey's EBRD request with EU colleagues at that
time.
Stephenson

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