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Cablegate: Turkey Supportive of the U.S. In 58th Unga First

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UNCLAS ANKARA 006724

SIPDIS


STATE FOR AC/ISN, USUN FOR UNFCDEL


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PARM PREL MNUC AORC KNNP TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY SUPPORTIVE OF THE U.S. IN 58TH UNGA FIRST
COMMITTEE

REF: STATE 295420


PolMilOff delivered reftel demarche on improving the
operation of the UNGA First Committee to MFA Disarmament Head
of Department Bulent Meric October 22. On October 24, Meric
gave PolMilOff a "preliminary reaction," saying the text of
resolution "looked fine." However, after having checked with
the Turkish mission in New York, Meric learned that no
consensus had yet emerged because the Non-Aligned Movement
(NAM) had numerous questionable amendment proposals.
According to the Turkish UN mission, if the NAM continued
with its "killer amendments" the US intended to withdraw its
support for the resolution. So as not to be left in the
embarrassing position of co-sponsoring the resolution after
the US withdrew its support, Turkey was waiting to see how
the resolution would look in the end. But, in general, Meric
said Turkey's views on the issue were in line with
Washington's.
EDELMAN

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