Cablegate: Turkey Requests Us Support in Submitting Its

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261237Z Nov 04



E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (U) On November 10, 2004, we received a letter from the
Turkish MFA General Director for Multilateral Affairs Duray
Polat to Ambassador Edelman requesting U.S. support for
Turkey's candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the United
Nations Security Council for the 2009-2010 term, the
elections for which will be held during the 63rd session of
the General Assembly in 2008.

2. (U) Following is the text of the letter:

Your Excellency,

I have the honour (sic) to present my compliments to
Your Excellency and enclose a brochure on Turkey's
candidature for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations
Security Council for the term 2009-2010, at the elections to
be held during the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly in

The Turkish Government attaches utmost importance to
this candidature which is based on Turkey's unwavering
commitment to the purposes and principles enshrined in the
Charter of the United Nations.

Turkey has actively contributed to the efforts to
preserve peace and stability at the regional and global
levels and has supported the UN activities in social,
economic and humanitarian fields. With regard to peace and
security, Turkey has provided troops, civilian police
officers and observers to international peacekeeping missions
in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Balkans, the Caucasus and
the Middle East.

Although a founding member of the United Nations, Turkey
has not been represented in the Security Council since 1961,
when it had split a term with another country. Turkey
believes that as a member of the Security Council, she will
be better equipped to bring its further contribution to
international peace and security as well as to cooperation
and development.

The Turkish Government would very much appreciate the
valuable support of the Government of the United States of
America for Turkey's candidature to the Security Council for
the term 2009-2010.

Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of my
highest consideration.

3. (U) The letter was accompanied by a brochure in support
of its candidature. We are sending by U.S. mail to EUR/SE
copies of the brochure.

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