Cablegate: Got Requests Expedited Processing of Us Export
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231610Z Jul 04
UNCLAS ANKARA 004119
DEPT FOR PM/DDTC AND EUR/SE
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MASS PREL TU
SUBJECT: GOT REQUESTS EXPEDITED PROCESSING OF US EXPORT
LICENSE FOR MILITARY CHEMICALS
1. This is an action request -- see para 4.
2. MFA Acting Deputy Director General for Disarmament Bulent
Meric convoked polmilcouns on July 19 under instructions
"originating with military authorities." Meric requested the
USG expedite the processing of an export license application
by Mil-Spec Industries for two kilograms each of three
chemicals: cyanogen chloride (CNCl), phosgene gas (COCl2) and
hydrocyanic acid (HCN). These chemicals are being purchased
by Mechanical & Chemical Industries Corporation (MKEK) to use
in the production of gas masks for the Turkish armed forces.
3. Meric said that the USG rejected the original end user
certificate as containing insufficient information. Upon
examination, Meric said he agreed that this was a reasonable
finding. The certificate was reissued by MKEK on April 6,
2004, however, with complete information (text at para 5).
Still, approval of the export has not been forthcoming;
Turkish military authorities suspect the application may have
been denied. Polmilcouns told Meric that one should not
assume an application had been denied unless Mil-Spec had
been so informed. Rather, the application may be waiting for
US authorities to deal first with higher priorities. Meric
asked that the Embassy intercede to expedite the processing.
The Turkish military is in desperate need of gas masks, he
stated. Meric was not certain of whether Mil-Spec has
requested expedited handling of the license application but
said he would inquire. He also did not have a case number.
4. Action request: Embassy requests the appropriate
agencies expedite the processing of this Mil-Spec Industries
export license application to the extent possible.
5. Begin text of April 6, 2004 end user certificate.
END USER CERTIFICATE
General Directorate of Mechanical and Chemical Industries
Corporation hereby declares that the material listed below
ordered to "MIL-SPEC"-U.S.A. is for the use of the Turkish
Armed Forces. In addition, we confirm that this products are
used by Turkish Ministry of Defense and will not be exported
to a third country and Kind of gas mask is use for Military
(protect from NBC), is called SR 10, SR10ST with D12
canister, (ST: Drinking Tube System)
Mustafa AYCICEK Koksal KUCUKTURAN
Manager Asst. Director
CYANOGEN CHLORIDE (CNCl) 2 kg
PHOSGENE GAS (COCl2) 2 kg
HYDROCYANIC ACID (HCN) 2 kg