Cablegate: Exbs: U.S. Comments On Np Cooperation And

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 156979

1. Post delivered the U.S.text of the EXBS agreement and
reftel talking points to the MFA on July 20. MFA Acting DDG
for Disarmament Bulent Meric agreed to consider the two
proposed changes to the last Turkish draft.

2. Meric did not evince significant concern with the change
in Article 3, since the GOT will still be able to assess the
reasonableness of any request. However, regarding the
additional point in Article 5, Meric said a perpetual clause
in an international agreement was not possible under Turkish
law. We emphasized that this point was required by our
government for all grants to foreign governments and that
without it goods or services could not be delivered. We
pointed out that without this over-arching clause, each
individual contractual grant agreement will need to contain
this provision. We compared this to the third-country
assurances the USG requires when providing military equipment
and encouraged Meric to look at this precedent when
considering the Article 5 proposal.

3. Meric said he would consult with the relevant officers and
agencies and would respond to Post as soon as all comments
were received.

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