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Cablegate: Tip: Got Pushing for Law Enforcement Protocols

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

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ANKARA 006865

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR G/TIP, G, INL, INL/CTR, DRL, EUR/PGI, EUR/SE
DEPARTMENT FOR VALERIE KWOK USAID E&E/ECA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KCRM PHUM PGOV SMIG PREF KWMN TU TIP IN TURKEY
SUBJECT: TIP: GOT PUSHING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROTOCOLS
WITH SOURCE COUNTRIES

1. (U) During a visit to Ankara led by US Embassy Chisinau in
November (septel), a Moldovan anti-TIP government delegation
heard high-handed criticism from Turkish interlocutors about
Moldova's failure to respond to a GOT-proposed anti-TIP
protocol (para 3). The draft protocol, according to MFA DDG
for Consular Affairs and TIP Task Force Deputy Director
Haldun Otman, is the first step in establishing direct
police-to-police and prosecutor-to-prosecutor communication
in cross-border human trafficking cases.

2. (U) COMMENT: Otman has repeatedly asserted to us that the
MFA first offered through diplomatic channels draft protocols
to source country Embassies in Ankara (including Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Bulgaria, Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia,
and Ukraine) on November 20, 2003, and again in February
2004. We have confirmed that the embassies of Belarus,
Egypt, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine have received
the draft protocol. According to Otman, only Minsk and Kiev
have reached official agreements with Ankara on a TIP
protocol. Until source countries agree on a formal anti-TIP
protocol with the GOT, Otman and Security Director Mehmet
Terzioglu, have repeatedly told us that direct law
enforcement cooperation is "inappropriate". END COMMENT.

3. (U) BEGIN TEXT OF GOT-PROPOSED DRAFT PROTOCOL:

PROTOCOL
BETWEEN
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY AND THE
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
ON THE COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF TRAFFICKING IN
HUMAN BEINGS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE AGREEMENT ON
FIGHTING AGAINST INTERNATIONAL ILLICIT DRUG
TRAFFICKING, INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND OTHER
ORGANIZED CRIME

Pursuant to the cooperation in the field of trafficking in
human beings of the "Cooperation Agreement between the
Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of
the Republic of Moldova on Fighting Against International
Illicit Drug Trafficking, International Terrorism and other
Organized Crime", the Government of the Republic of Turkey
and the Government of the Republic of Moldova hereinafter
(are) referred (to) as "Parties";

Deeply concerned by the fact that trafficking in human
beings, which constitutes one of the transnational organized
crimes and is spread out every other day in the world and in
our region, provides huge profits to organized crime networks
and is also related to narcotics and arms trafficking, as
well as smuggling of migrants;

Realizing that trafficking in human beings can be coped with,
through timely and effective international cooperation;

Emphasizing the importance of providing judicial,
humanitarian, psychological and medical assistance to victims
of trafficking in human beings, facilitating their return to
their countries and assuring their reintegration and taking
the necessary measures in arresting the perpetrators and
creating public awareness;

Recognizing the importance of the efforts in stopping the
trafficking in human beings by bringing to light the crime
networks;

Stressing the need to strengthen the cooperation and
coordination between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic
of Moldova in combating trafficking in human beings;

Have agreed, to promote measures, in accordance with their
respective national legislation and procedures with a view to:

1. Completing the necessary national legal infrastructure in
the field of trafficking in human beings and taking the other
necessary administrative and institutional measures;
2. Establishing a regional network between the
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) in the countries which
face this problem:

3. Supporting the victims of trafficking in human beings,
following the establishment of the conditions by the Parties
in the framework of humanitarian, psychological and medical
care;

4. Ensuring the victims to testify in the framework of the
national legal systems of the Parties, in order to arrest the
perpetrators and protecting these victims;

5. Creating public awareness in the relevant institutions on
trafficking in human beings;

6. Creating awareness, in their respective countries, among
the persons traveling abroad and might be subject to
trafficking in human beings;

7. Designating point of contacts in their respective
countries, where information on victims of trafficking in
human beings will be collected and which will coordinate the
issue of trafficking in human beings and sharing the
collected information with the other Party;

8. Training of law enforcement agents in combating
trafficking in human trafficking in human beings, organizing
joint training programmes, exchanging experts of each country
and increasing cooperation opportunities;

9. Providing cooperation between the scientific and academic
institutions, exchanging experts of each country in order to
share experience and knowledge;

10. Tasking the competent authorities in the two countries
with the implementation of this Protocol.

This Protocol shall enter into force upon notification in
writing by both Parties to each other that they have
completed their national procedures.

Each Party may propose amendments to the present Protocol,
Amendments shall enter into force upon their acceptance by
all parties in accordance with the provisions of the above
mentioned paragraph.

Each Party may give notice of withdrawal from the Protocol by
written notification to the other Party.

In witness wherof (sic) the undersigned, being duly
authorized thereto by their respective Government, have
signed this Protocol.

Done at ......., this ........

FOR THE GOVERNMENT
OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

FOR THE GOVERNMENT
OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

END TEXT OF DRAFT PROTOCOL.
EDELMAN

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