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Cablegate: Unesco Convention Demarche Delivered: Turkey

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231215Z Sep 05

UNCLAS ANKARA 005531

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR IO/UNESCO JANE COWLEY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD SCUL TU UNESCO
SUBJECT: UNESCO CONVENTION DEMARCHE DELIVERED: TURKEY
SUPPORTS DRAFT CONVENTION

REF: STATE 170909

(SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche to Hande Ceylan, MFA
Multilateral Cultural Affairs Department on September 22.
Poloff explained US concerns regarding the draft Convention's
possible infringement of human rights and freedom of
expression. Ceylan noted Turkey would support the draft
Convention as written with the following reservation: Article
20, Part One, Part B of the draft Convention is incompatible
with Turkey's domestic legal procedures. Ceylan explained
that the clause in that article would create difficulties for
Turkey and therefore the minor reservation was necessary.
Ceylan stated that the above position was not only that of
the MFA, but also the position of all relevant Turkish
authorities.
MCELDOWNEY

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