Cablegate: Forum for the Future Joint Demarche: Turkey

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: A. STATE 237054

B. ANKARA 6293

1. Summary: Ambassador Edelman and Moroccan Ambassador
Zagour jointly delivered ref A demarche regarding the
December 11 Forum for the Future meeting to Turkish MFA
Deputy U/S for Multilateral Affairs Sensoy on November 22.
Sensoy welcomed the demarche and said Turkey, which is
co-sponsoring the Democracy Assistance Dialogue (DAD) with
Italy and Yemen, will be prepared for the meeting. End

2. Moroccan Ambassador Zagour emphasized the importance of
Turkey's attendance in Rabat December 10 and 11. Zagour is
aware that DAD dialogue co-sponsors Italy, Turkey and Yemen
will meet in Rome November 25 and issue a statement of DAD's
objective and a work plan (ref B). He requested that the DAD
co-sponsors forward the statement to the GOM as soon as
possible so that it can be sent out for comment.

3. Ambassador Edelman noted that the U.S. is co-chairing the
Rabat meeting in its capacity as current G-8 chair. He
emphasized our hope that FM Gul would attend (Note: The MFA
told us on November 19 that Gul may have a scheduling
conflict. End Note.). The Ambassador said the U.S. was
pleased that both ministers Babacan and Unakitan attended the
Washington meetings hosted by Secretary Snow in September.

4. Sensoy welcomed the demarche and noted the progress in
the BMENAI over the past year. Turkey, he said, is pleased
with the degree of consultation on the initiative and the
degree to which countries in the region have taken ownership
of BMENAI. Turkey has "done its homework" on DAD and will
welcome ideas on the "blueprint" the three FMs will issue in
Rome on November 25. Sensoy said the MFA has forwarded the
invitation to the Economic Development session to Economy
Minister Babacan.

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