Cablegate: Turkey Approves Research Vessel "Knorr" Request To

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E.O. 12958: N/A


1. This cable is in reference to State file 200Z-097, R/V
Knorr, April 15 - May 16, 2003.

2. The Foreign Ministry has granted permission for the
research vessel 'Knorr' to conduct scientific research in the
Western Black Sea from April 15 - May 15. The approval came
in the form of the following diplomatic note.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States
of America and with reference to the Ministry's Note dated
February 27, 2003, No: 2003/DHGY/78790 and the Embassy's
Notes dated February 18, 2003, No: 272, and dated October 16,
2002, No: 1140 has the honour to inform the Embassy that the
research vessel "Knorr" has been granted permission for
conducting marine scientific research in Western Black Sea,
in the areas details of which are given by the abovementioned
Note No: 1140, between 15 April - 15 May 2003, provided that
following conditions are fulfilled:

- All measures should be taken for preventing any
negative effect to the normal flow of the maritime traffic
and for ensuring safety of life, property, navigation and
environment in the research areas. To this end, the
necessary warning should be made in due time.

- Coordination with Samsun and Istanbul Regional
Directorates of the Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs
should be established and kept in all phases of the research.

- Two scientists from Turkish Petroleum Corporation
(TPAO) and a scientist from the Department of the Navigation,
Hydrography and Oceangraphy of Turkish Naval Forces Command
should take part in the research and the raw data of the
research should be given to the latter by the end of the

- The coordinates (41 Degrees 13 Minutes North, 029
Degrees 09 Minutes East) of the first station which is common
in the two legs of the cruise should be changed as 4l Degrees
18 Minutes North, 029 Degrees 09 Minutes East due to its
geographical proximity to the northern entrance of the Strait
of Istanbul.

- In case underwater cultural assets are found during
the research, without any intervention, the Ministry of
Culture should be promptly informed about the fact and also
the documents regarding this finding should be submitted to
the said Ministry.

- Two copies of the preliminary cruise report should be
submitted to the Ministry within a month after the end of the
cruise and the final report within three months.

- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
Turkey avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the
Embassy of the United States of America the assurances of its
highest consideration.

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