Cablegate: Third Country Transfer of Uss Razorback: Mfa

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121736Z Nov 03




E.O. 12958: N/A


1. This is an action request. See Para 4.

2. On November 10, the Embassy received a diplomatic note
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that provides the GOT's
rationale for wanting to transfer title of the vessel USS
Razorback in Turkey (the dip note was faxed to EUR/SE
November 10).

3. Begin text of MFA note no. 2003/ALGY/451294:

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 Embassy's Note No: 1583
dated October 15, 2003 regarding the transfer of TCG Murat
Reis/USS Razorback to USS Razorback/TCG Murat Reis
Association in North Little Rock/Arkansas for use as a static
display has the honor to convey the following:

a) The Ministry appreciates the approval by US authorities of
the request to transfer the said submarine to the Association
resident in North Little Rock/Arkansas.

b) However, as the natural outcome of the understanding that
no legal and financial liability will be attributed to the
Turkish Government during the transfer of the submarine, the
Ministry kindly requests the transfer of title of the
submarine to the said Association be realized in Turkey.

In view of the foregoing and in order to realize a transfer
that will eventually form yet another link in
Turkish-American friendship that all those in and also those
visiting North Little Rock may benefit from, the Ministry
kindly requests the reconsideration of the United States
authorities regarding location of the transfer of the title
of the TCG Murat Reis/USS Razorback.

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 assurance of its highest

Ankara, November 7, 2003.
End Text.

4. Action request: Post appreciates the Department's
willingness to work with the GOT and the association to
finalize this request. While we are disappointed that the
MFA's diplomatic note provides little in the way of
additional justification behind the Turkish military's
position of transferring title of the vessel in Turkey, we
hope the Department, together with the association and GOT
officials, can find a way to approve the transfer in a manner
that is acceptable to Turkish officials and that is in
accordance with US laws and regulations.


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