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Cablegate: The Globe Program: Turkey's Views

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

UNCLAS ANKARA 001393

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SENV TBIO TSPL TPHY KGLB KPAO TU
SUBJECT: THE GLOBE PROGRAM: TURKEY'S VIEWS

REF. SECSTATE 6351


1. Embassy met with GLOBE national coordinator Fatma Baykal
2/7 to explore ways to energize program activities. Baykal
advised that despite great interest in the program, the
Ministry of National Education (MONE) is no longer able to
implement the program as fully as it would like. Baykal
advised, for example, that Turkey lost out on participating
in the successful IT Hasan grant proposal, a four-country
GLOBE project with Egypt, Jordan, Lebannon and Turkey,
because the GOT was unable to respond to its partners in a
timely fashion.


2. MONE has recommended that TUBITAK (the Scientific and
Research Council of Turkey) assume all national GLOBE
responsibilities and has asked embassy to facilitate a
smooth transition. TUBITAK has not yet responded to the MONE
request.


3. Comment. Turkey was one of the early signers of the
GLOBE agreement (May 1995) but has allowed the program to
slow considerably since an enthusiastic start. TUBITAK's
GLOBE leadership has alluring possibilities but may be
fraught with bureaucratic obstacles. Post will meet again
with MONE, confer with TUBITAK and advise on which agency is
likely to become party to the new NASA agreement.
PEARSON

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