Search

 

Cablegate: Turkey: 2008 Report On Expropriation and Investment

VZCZCXRO7490
PP RUEHDA
DE RUEHAK #1086 1641205
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 121205Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6545
INFO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL PRIORITY 4337
RUEHDA/AMCONSUL ADANA PRIORITY 3006

UNCLAS ANKARA 001086

DEPT FOR EEB/IFD/OIA - HGOETHERT, KBUTLER AND L/CID - GSWINEY,
CHOLLAND
DEPT PASS USTR

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EINV KIDE OPIC PGOV CASC TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: 2008 REPORT ON EXPROPRIATION AND INVESTMENT
DISPUTES

REF: STATE 43784

1. The following is Embassy Ankara's submission for the 2008 report
to the U.S. Congress on expropriation claims and investment
disputes, providing an update on the two ongoing cases reported in
2007.

2. Claimant Data:

-- Claimants A are Victor and Kristy Bedoian, both U.S. citizens.
They filed a Privacy Act Waiver in 2001. Victor Bedoian told us
that he "technically" has a 95 percent share in the Turkish company
owning the real estate in dispute, but that there are also six other
partners in the venture.

-- Claimants C are U.S. companies with build-operate-transfer (BOT)
and transfer-of-operating-rights (TOR) contracts in dispute
(company, location, value of contract in USD millions):

C1. AES (BOT project), Eskisehir, 165, Gas-fired Power Plant

C2. GE (BOT project), Atam Elektrik, 195, Gas-fired Power Plant

C3. NRG (TOR project), Seyitomer, 200, Coal-fired Power Plant

C4. NRG (TOR project), Kangal, 125, Coal-fired Power Plant

3. Begin text of 2007 Report:

The United States is aware of two claims of U.S. persons against the
Government of Turkey.

1. a) Claimants A

b) 2001

c) Claimants A purchased and renovated a hotel and restaurant in Van
for approximately $750,000 in 2001. Claimants A had been unable to
operate their property, however, due to persistent police harassment
and obstruction by local government authorities. In 2004,
administrative courts decided against Claimants A in their suit to
obtain a residence permit and an operating permit for the hotel. In
early 2005, a Van court dismissed a civil case initiated by
Claimants A, in which they sought to annul the transfer of title to
a hotel which they claim was sold without their knowledge or
consent. In September 2005, Claimants A lost their appeal of the
decision in the civil case in the Turkish courts, which was upheld
by the court in Van in February 2006. This was their last option
for appeal in the Turkish legal system. They have now started the
process to appeal this decision under a "cancellation of rights"
case at the European Court of Human Rights, in which they have also
appealed the permit decisions. As of June 2008, the claimants have
still not received a response from the European Court of Human
Rights regarding their petition, and we understand that they remain
in the United States.


3. a) Claimants C

b) 2000 - 2001

c) In 2001, the Turkish Government cancelled 46 contracted (but not
yet built) power projects based on the build-operate-transfer (BOT)
and transfer-of-operating-rights (TOR) models. Turkey's
constitutional court ruled in 2002 that the Turkish Government must
either honor the contracts or compensate the companies involved.
Claimant C4 filed an international arbitration case with the
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which ruled in favor of the
company but did not include any financial compensation. Claimants
C1 - C3 did not apply to arbitration for their disputes. The
Turkish partners of C1 and C2 chose to pursue arbitration and won
their case. Since no U.S. firms chose to pursue further legal
action, post considers these cases settled and will not include it
in future reports.

Wilson

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC