Cablegate: Sauces/Fanta Beverage Base Classification;

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E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Sauces/Fanta Beverage Base Classification;
Turkey Request Support for Candidacy at WCO

Ref: (A) State 111099 (B) State 111059

1. (U) Econoff presented U.S. positions on
classification of sauces and of Fanta beverage base
(reftels) to Ercan Saka, General Director, EU and
Foreign Relations Department, Turkish Customs
Undersecretariat, on May 6. Saka responded that Turkish
Customs would take these demarches into account in
formulating Turkey's position on these issues. However,
he stated that the EU Customs Union gave Turkey very
little flexibility to deviate from U.S. positions.

2. (SBU) Saka told Econoff that Turkey had put forward
the candidacy of Edip Aktas, currently a senior advisor
at the Customs U/S, for top position at the World
Customs Organization, competing against candidates from
France (seeking a second term) and the Netherlands.
Noting that he had raised Aktas' candidacy with U.S.
Customs in the past, Saka asked for USG support in the
WCO election. Embassy will fax Aktas' biographical
information to EB/TPP/MTA/MST.

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