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Cablegate: Article 98 Demarche Delivered: Turkish Mfa Says Eu

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UNCLAS ANKARA 003866

SIPDIS

STATE FOR PM - AMB. BARBARA BODINE
STATE FOR LT COL J. PATRICK MURRAY
STATE FOR JOAN CORBETT
STATE FOR L - MIKE COFFEE
STATE FOR T - PATRICIA MCNERNEY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: TU
SUBJECT: ARTICLE 98 DEMARCHE DELIVERED: TURKISH MFA SAYS EU
NOW, ARTICLE 98 LATER

REF: STATE 145167

(U) Poloff delivered reftel demarche July 13 to Turkish MFA
Deputy General Directorate for International Organizations
(IO). The IO Office privately expressed support for a
U.S.-Turkey Article 98 agreement, but caveated near-term GOT
movement in this direction by asserting the GOT would not
risk damage to its already-fragile EU aspirations. According
to the IO office, the GOT will endeavor to maintain Turkey's
status quo on ICC issues, namely exclusion from the Rome
Statute and Article 98 agreements. Until the U.S. and the EU
move beyond ICC gridlock, our interlocutor indicated the GOT
would be open to alternative bilateral non-surrender
agreements through NATO or other military channels.
DEUTSCH

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