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Cablegate: Turkey On Burma Donors Conference

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FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6377

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SUBJECT: TURKEY ON BURMA DONORS CONFERENCE

REF: STATE 53985

1. On May 22, we delivered reftel demarche to Volkan
Oskiper, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, First Secretary
for International Political Organizations. Oskiper said the
Government of Turkey (GOT) shares the U.S.Government's
concerns about the Burma regime's rush to move to
reconstruction efforts. The GOT has given USD one million to
the United Nations for relief efforts in Burma. The money
was split equally between UNICEF and the Office of
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The GOT does not plan
to make any additional pledge at the Burma Donors Conference
on May 25.

2. Turkey's Ambassador to Thailand is also accredited to
Burma. The GOT asked him to travel to Burma for a May 22-23
tour of the disaster area and asked him to remain in Rangoon
through May 25 to monitor the pledge conference. Oskiper
emphasized that the GOT does not intend to make any pledge at
the conference.

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

WILSON

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