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Cablegate: Turkish Aid for Iraq

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UNCLAS ANKARA 002336

SIPDIS


DEPT FOR PRM/ANE, EUR/SE AND NEA/NGA
DEPT PASS USAID FOR BHA/OFDA - WGARVELINK AND BHA/FFP
EUCOM FOR JE, JR, J5, SOJ7 AND POLAD
GENEVA FOR RMA
CENTCOM FOR J3, J5 AND POLAD


SENSITIVE


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID PREL PREF PHUM IZ TU
SUBJECT: TURKISH AID FOR IRAQ


REF: (A) STATE 89192 (B) ANKARA 2298 (C) STATE 91561


(SBU) Econ Counselor and Mission Disaster Relief Officer
delivered ref A points on the UN Flash Appeal for Iraq to
Feza Ozturk, MFA Department Head for International
Political Organizations, on April 8 following a discussion
of the Turkish Red Crescent's (TRC's) plans to deliver
humanitarian supplies and provide medical treatment for
Iraq (ref B). On April 9, Ozturk confirmed press reports
that Turkey planned to allocate USD 5 million for
humanitarian assistance to Iraq. However, he said that
the GOT had not yet decided who would deliver this
assistance: TRC, Turkish NGOs, UN agencies and Turkish
government bodies, such as the Ministry of Health, are
possible vehicles. A new Humanitarian Aid Coordination
Board led by Prime Ministry Undersecretary Uccan will
discuss this question in the near future.
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