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Cablegate: Turkey Requests Additional Border Control

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ANKARA 000284

SIPDIS


STATE FOR NP, EUR/SE, AND DS/IP/EUR


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM ETTC ASEC TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY REQUESTS ADDITIONAL BORDER CONTROL
ASSISTANCE

REF: A. 02 ANKARA 7670
B. 02 STATE 165781
C. 01 STATE 101278


1. Embassy Ankara received correspondence dated December 4
from the Turkish Under Secretary for Customs requesting
additional radiation detection equipment be provided for
Turkish borders. Embassy notes that the current NP/NDF
program completed its last installations in December 2002.
The Turks are requesting such cooperation be extended to
additional border posts beyond the end of the completed
program. Embassy Ankara understands similar programs may be
possible through the EXBS program and/or the Department of
Energy.


2. Text of the abovementioned correspondence is roughly
translated as follows:


To the US Embassy:


Under the MOU signed between our MFA and your Embassy
February 16, 2002, with the goal of preventing the smuggling
of radioactive and nuclear materials, your government has
completed the program to install 28 sets of radiation
detectors at 10 of our border points.


In addition, the work to install nuclear material detectors
at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, and Haydarpasa and Ambarli
seaports will be completed in December of 2002.
Installations will also occur at Gurbulak once the border
crossing renovations are completed.


However, the Undersecretariat has considered correspondence
from our MFA dated November 15 regarding whether to continue
the radiation detector installations. Given recent events,
likely terrorist activities and Turkey's geographic position,
we believe that the installation of radiation detectors at
Trabzon, Cesme, and Izmit/Derince seaports as well as Edirne
(Derekoy and Ipsala) Gaziantep (Oncupinar) border gate would
be appropriate.


With the wish to increase existing mutual solidarity and
cooperation, I respectfully submit to you this information.


/s/
Dr. Nevzat Saygilioglu
Undersecretary


3. Action Requested: Please advise on an appropriate response
to the Turkish request.
PEARSON

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