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Cablegate: Response From Kaptanoglu Shipping Company

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ANKARA 006789

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR INL/C/CP-MCAWTHORNE, EB/TRA/OTP-DHAYWOOD,
EUR/SE
DEPT PASS TRANSPORTATION DEPT
ROME FOR ICE
ROTTERDAM FOR LCDR MBEE

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EWWT CVIS ETRD PREL TU
SUBJECT: RESPONSE FROM KAPTANOGLU SHIPPING COMPANY

Ref: (A) State 258406 (B) Ankara 6764

Sensitive But Unclassified. Please Handle Accordingly.

1. (U) In two faxes sent December 3, Tansel Karademir,
Operations Manager of H. Ismail Kaptanoglu Ship
Management and Trading company, responded to Embassy's
demarche to MFA warning of Coast Guard security concerns
and possible action against the shipping company.
Karademir wrote that the company had not previously been
aware of the September 30 Coast Guard warning letter,
and that it is doing its best to be responsive to the
security problems raised in that letter. Karademir
stated that the company is working on a detailed
response, which will be ready sometime during the week
of December 6, and offered to meet with U.S. officials
in Ankara or in Washington on this. Embassy has faxed a
copy of the letter to EB/TRA/OTP and EUR/SE. We
suggested that Karademir get in touch with Lt. Commander
Michael Cunningham, the point of contact listed in the
September 30 letter.

2. (SBU) Econoff contacted Basat Ozturk, head of the MFA
Maritime Department, on December 6 to thank him for his
intervention with Kaptanoglu. Ozturk told us that he
had ensured that senior officials at both MFA and the
Maritime Undersecretariat, as well as the company
itself, were informed of the seriousness of the security
problem. He urged Washington agencies to give
Kaptanoglu the opportunity to respond before deciding on
any further sanctions against the company.

3. (SBU) Embassy understand that Washington agencies are
scheduled to discuss this case via conference call
December 7. As in ref B, Embassy suggests giving the
company an additional week to address Coast Guard
concerns prior to imposing additional sanctions.
Edelman

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