Cablegate: Turkey's Candidate to the International Narcotics

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.



E.O. 12958: N/A


1. Summary. The GOT is pressing the candidacy of Dr. Sevil
Atasoy to the International Narcotics Control Board. Post
requests guidance. End summary.

2. On 12 March, Econoff attended a presentation at the MFA,
at which Dr. Sevil Atasoy, Turkey's nominee to the
International Narcotics Control Board, was introduced to
Ankara-based diplomats. Board elections will be held May 4-5.

3. Most of the presentation was devoted to Dr. Atasoy's
qualifications (previously pouched to the Department).
Additional points made at the presentation were:

-- Currently, the Board is composed of one woman, who will be
retiring, and twelve men. Eighteen candidates are competing
for five positions, only three of which candidates are women.
-- Dr. Atasoy is the only forensic scientist among any of the
current or prospective Board members.

4. Post also notes Dr. Atasoy's ties to the U.S., as a
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Emory University, and as a guest
scientist at the University of California and with the USDOJ.

5. While Post defers to the Department in assessing Dr.
Atasoy's qualifications, the GOT is clearly pushing her
candidacy very hard. Accordingly, Post repeats the request
contained in Reftel A for guidance on how to respond to GOT's
diplomatic note requesting support for Dr. Atasoy's candidacy.

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