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Cablegate: Iraq: Seeking Response to Turkish Request For

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

140949Z Jul 04

UNCLAS ANKARA 003896

SIPDIS

BAGHDAD PLEASE ALSO PASS TO MNF-I

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MOPS PREL IZ TU
SUBJECT: IRAQ: SEEKING RESPONSE TO TURKISH REQUEST FOR
INFORMATION ON THE DEATH OF TURKISH NATIONAL IN IRAQ

REF: ANKARA 3619

1. This is an action requested -- see para 2.

2. Ref A requested guidance on how to respond to a Turkish
diplomatic note dated June 23, 2004, seeking information on
an alleged incident on June 18 in which a Turkish national
was killed by U.S. forces at a check point between Ramadi and
Fallujah and suggesting that indemnity for the death may be
due. As Embassy has not received a reply to Ref A, on July
13, Embassy sent an interim response by diplomatic note
(text at para 3) to the Turkish MFA informing that we had
forwarded their request and would contact them once Ref A was
answered. ACTION REQUEST: Embassy again requests guidance
on how to respond to Ref A Turkish diplomatic note.

3. Begin text of Embassy diplomatic note to the Turkish MFA
dated July 13, 2004:

The Embassy of the United States of America presents its
compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
Republic of Turkey and, in reference to the Ministry,s
diplomatic note number 2204/KOKD/262781, dated June 23, 2004,
has the honor to inform the Ministry that the Embassy has
forwarded the referenced note requesting information on the
death of a Turkish national in Iraq to the appropriate United
States, authorities. The Embassy will inform the Ministry
promptly upon receipt of relevant information.

The Embassy of the United States of America avails itself of
this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
the assurances of its highest consideration.

End text of diplomatic note.

4. Baghdad minimize considered.
DEUTSCH

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