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Cablegate: Exbs: Turkey Advisors Monthly Report- (June 2008)

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DEPT FOR EUR/ACE- DSILLIMAN, BHUNT, PMALIK
DOE/NNSA- TPERRY, LPARKER, EDESCHLER
CBP/INA- BWATTS, BPICKETT
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SUBJECT: EXBS: TURKEY ADVISORS MONTHLY REPORT- (JUNE 2008)

1. (U) Summary: EXBS Advisor and Coordinator attended annual
EXBS Advisor Conference in Washington DC June 9th-13th, 2008.
EXBS's long awaited Nonproliferation Agreement was placed
into force on June 9th, 2008 by GOT. MFA agrees to co-host a
joint EXBS Nonproliferation Seminar in Ankara in September -
October time frame. End Summary.

2. (U) Completed Actions for the Reporting Period:

A. Meetings During Recent Reporting Period by EXBS Advisor
and Coordinator:

1) (U) June 9-13 - EXBS Advisor and Coordinator attended
annual EXBS Advisor's conference in Washington, DC. In
addition to general country program reviews by each Advisor,
briefings by ISN/ECC program managers, and interagency
representatives on EXBS related initiatives, the group also
toured DHS's National Targeting Center for Cargo in Reston,
VA.

2) (SBU) June 23 - Met with Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Department Head for Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Ms.
Elif Ulgen to discuss upcoming EXBS activities, now that the
NP Agreement has been placed into force on June 9th, 2008.
We discussed the need to proceed with EXBS Team border
visits, follow through with enforcement related equipment
deliveries to Customs Enforcement, begin in-country training
programs to include DHS/ICE Controlled delivery and DHS/CBP
International Border Interdiction training (IBIT II and IRIT
II), re-engage in Commodity Identification Training (CIT)
program collaboration, and proceed with previously scheduled
DOE/SLD radiation detection equipment delivery and training
with TNP's Bomb Disposal Academy. Ulgen agreed that all
initiatives would receive MFA's full support and that MFA was
comfortable with EXBS team traveling to the northwestern
border areas in mid-July time frame. We also discussed
moving ahead with the EXBS Nonproliferation Seminar between
GOT and US interagency partners. Ulgen noted that GOT has
begun regular interagency meetings with nonproliferation
related agencies and that they would begin conducting
internal border assessments of GOT's capacities and
requirements for presentation at this seminar, which she
believed could take place in early October. Advisor noted a
desire to hold this seminar in Ankara as early as the first
full week of September, but agreed to look at the best dates
for both US and GOT agencies. Ulgen confirmed MFA would like
to host the seminar on-site at MFA. Ulgen noted that MFA is
seeking to take a measured approach with implementing the
EXBS and other nonproliferation related programs, as moving
too fast may result in increased resistance to implementation
of EXBS program goals by some GOT agencies.

B. (U) Training Conducted During this Reporting Period: -
None this period.

C. (U) Equipment Delivered During this Reporting Period:
None this period.

D. (U) Imminent Training or Equipment Status Update: MFA has
confirmed that DOE/SLD Radiation Detection training for TNP's
Bomb Disposal Academy can be conducted from August 18th -
29th, 2008.

E. (U) Significant Developments in Export Controls,
Nonproliferation, or Related Border Security: None this
period.

3. (U) Future Activities: EXBS Advisor and Coordinator are
scheduled to visit Turkey's Ports of Entry with Bulgarian and
Greece the week of July 15th, 2008.

4. (U) Red Flag Issues: None.

5. (U) Contact information for EXBS Program Ankara is:
Robert Cieslinski, EXBS Advisor, Email:
CieslinskiRL@state.gov, Office (90) (312) 457-7210, Cell (90)
(533) 716-4808 and Erhan Mert, EXBS Coordinator, Email:
MertE2@state.gov, Office(90)312 457-7059, Cell (90) (533)
264-8407. EXBS Program Office Fax (90) (312) 468-4775.

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

WILSON

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