Cablegate: Habur Border Crossing Closed to Ocpa Contractors;
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UNCLAS ANKARA 004243
DEPT FOR NEA/NGA, EUR/SE AND PRM
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ENRG ETRD IZ PREL TU
SUBJECT: HABUR BORDER CROSSING CLOSED TO OCPA CONTRACTORS;
SLOWDOWN IN WORLD FOOD PROGRAM SHIPMENTS
REF: ANKARA 4232 AND PREVIOUS
1. (U) Baghdad minimize considered.
2. (SBU) Following the U.S. detention of Turkish special
northern Iraq, the GOT closed the lone Turkey - Iraq border
Habur to U.S. contractors. UN traffic has also been
Brown and Root's (KBR's) representative in Adana told us that
closed to KBR shipments into Iraq as of 18:00 on July 4,
though the GOT
is allowing empty trucks with Turkish drivers to return to
stopped loading benzine and LPG on July 5. About 1000 trucks
idling, and another 200 to 300 are loaded with benzine and
waiting at the border for permission to cross. KBR told us
is out of LPG, though the situation is not as dire for
World Food Program's (WFP) Ankara representative told us that
is not formally closed to humanitarian aid shipments, but the
slowed dramatically to 20 to 30 trucks daily. Empty trucks
permitted to cross back into Turkey. WFP has not stopped
trucks, but might take this step on July 7, as it is
possible demurrage charges by Turkish trucking companies.
that it plans to raise these issues with the Turkish MFA at a
scheduled for July 7.