Cablegate: Turkey and Third Country Transfers: Request For

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110928Z Mar 04




E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (U) This is an action request. See para 4.

2. (U) During the February 18 US-Turkey Joint Staff Talks in
Ankara, Turkish Air Force officers expressed interest in
exploring ways the US and Turkey could expedite the
processing of Turkey's requests to provide US-origin
equipment and services (including training) to third
countries. We responded positively to TUAF's request and
have offered to meet with GOT officials.

3. (U) One of our objectives during the meeting will be to
outline what steps the GOT can take to expedite processing of
third-country requests. One of the first suggestions that we
intend to offer involves information. In our experience, GOT
requests oftentimes do not contain all of the necessary
information the Department requires to process the request.
As a result, the Department oftentimes asks for additional
information before it can continue processing the request.
This leads to delays and frustrations on both sides.

4. (U) Action request: In order to help the Turks help
themselves, we request the Department provide us a detailed
list of the information the GOT needs to include with its
requests to transfer US-origin equipment or services
(including training) to a third country. This will allow us
to better "educate" the GOT on what information the
Department and other agencies require to process Turkey's
requests, and reduce the instances where we are required to
stop the review process and go back to the Turks to request
additional information. It is especially important that we
be able to provide the Turkish Air Force detailed and
consistent guidance for those requests involving training.
As we recently observed in the case involving TUAF's desire
to provide F-16 training to Chilean pilots, these cases
receive high-level attention within the GOT and, if not
processed in a timely and consistent manner, can lead to
unnecessary irritants in the US-Turkish defense relationship.

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