Cablegate: Exbs: Turkey Advisor Monthly Reporting Cable-
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SUBJECT: EXBS: TURKEY ADVISOR MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE-
REF: STATE 146478
1. Summary: The first full time EXBS advisor, Kevin Lyon,
reported to Embassy Ankara on July 9, 2004. He assumed
responsibility for all EXBS and nonproliferation issues
handled by the Political Military Affairs (PMA) section.
During this time period the EXBS Advisor conducted
introductory meetings with members of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Undersecretariat of Customs and Undersecretariat of
Foreign Trade. The EXBS advisor also coordinated the Turkish
participation in the PSI Expert Working Group, which took
place in Copenhagen and Oslo from August 3-6. End Summary
2. Completed Actions for the Reporting Period
A. Site Assessment and Meetings During Recent Reporting
1) July 16 ) Introductory meetings were held
with Undersecretariat of Customs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade.
2) July 20- Meeting was held with Ministry of
Foreign Affairs to deliver the U.S. reply to the U.S.- Turkey
EXBS agreement. Also during this meeting, Turkey informed
Post that they would be sending a seven person team of
experts to the upcoming PSI Experts Working Groups in
Copenhagen and Oslo.
3) July 29- Final organizational meeting was held
with Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the upcoming Second Line
of Defense (SLD) presentations scheduled for early August.
B. Training Conducted During Reporting Period: None
C. Equipment Delivered During Reporting Period: None
D. Imminent Training or Equipment Status Update: None
E. Significant Developments in Export Controls,
Nonproliferation, or Related Border Security:
1) The United States reply to the Turkish
comments on the umbrella EXBS agreement was delivered to MFA.
We hope that after interagency vetting, the Turkish
government will approve these changes in wording allowing the
EXBS program to move into full force.
3. Future Activities
A. August 2-3 ) Department of Energy SLD team will
hold introductory meetings with the Turkish Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Customs and Atomic Energy Authority. This
meeting will be used to evaluate the GOT interest in this
B August 2- Bilateral meeting will be held between the
Turkish and U.S. PSI Experts Teams in Copenhagen.
C. August 3-6- Turkish PSI Expert Team will participate
in the PSI working group exercises in Copenhagen and Oslo.
D. September 20-24 (tent) - Preliminary meetings will
be held between GOT and a Department of Commerce (DOC)
sponsored team to establish the foundation to begin
customizing the DOC Internal Control Program (ICP) for Turkey.
E. Sept/Oct (tent) - Department of Energy sponsored
team will be visiting Ankara to collect information for a
project updating Nuclear Smuggling Assumptions.
F. Oct (tent)- EXBS adviser to return to Washington DC
for program consultations and leave.
4. Red Flag Issues
A. Finally approval of the U.S.- Turkey EXBS agreement
is needed in order for the EXBS program to begin to have a
significant impact in Turkey. Without this agreement, which
has been under negotiation for over two years, we cannot
provide certain training and equipment to Turkey. We expect
a reply from GOT by early August.
B. The SLD and ICP Programs are ready to start as soon
as the overarching EXBS agreement is signed and in effect.
5. Contact Information for EXBS Adviser ) Kevin Lyon,
phone (90)(312) 455-5555 ext 2525, fax (90)(312) 468-4775,