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Cablegate: Turkey: W/W Visit Ozel, Cengiz; Melissa

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FM AMCONSUL ADANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4196
INFO RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA 0744
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL 0645
RUEHDA/AMCONSUL ADANA 0796

UNCLAS ADANA 000143

SIPDIS

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FOR CA/OCS/CI:EYORK

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC KOCI TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: W/W VISIT OZEL, CENGIZ; MELISSA

REF: STATE 089122

1. (SBU) Information for CA Only: Mr. Ozel spent considerable
time during the welfare and where abouts visit talking about his
family situation. He volunteered that he receives disability
checks form the U.S. and that previously his wife helped to
support the family with various jobs, which included teaching
and cashiering. He showed a hand written note, which he says
his wife gave him the night before her departure. The note
explains that Ms. Ozel wanted to go to the U.S. to see her
father, who is ill, says she has bought a ticket, asks her
husband to take her to the airport in the morning, and says she
loves him and not to be angry. Mr. Ozel indicated that Ms. Ozel
did not asked or try to take the children to the U.S. with her.
He explained how the family came to Turkey together and how he
and his wife were working on finding a teaching position for Ms.
Ozel. He says he would welcome his wife back and seems puzzled
by her departure. He does not see himself as having abducted
the children as the family came to Turkey together to make a new
home.

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1. (U) Consular Officer Telside Manson and Consular Assistant
Maide Turkesar met with AmCit Mete Ozel and two of his AmCit
children, Cengiz and Melissa Ozel, at the Consulate on Tuesday,
June 6, 2006. Mr. Ozel confirmed the contact information listed
in reftel is current. He also provided his cell phone number,
which is: 0546-935-0500.

2. (U) Abuse: Neither child had any visible bruises or other
signs of physical abuse. The children were shy at first, but
over the course of a 45 minute meeting and cookies, they became
quite talkative. Both children got up from their chairs on
several occasions, playing in the meeting area, and twice Cengiz
came over to his father's chair and squeezed into the seat with
him. The children were relaxed and comfortable in their
father's presence. Both children smiled frequently and
laughed/giggled on a few occasions. When asked if he had spoken
with his mother, Cengiz said he had talked to her over the
phone.

3. (U) Clothing: Both children were dressed in appropriate
summer clothing. The clothes were not brand new nor were they
very worn. The clothes were all clean.

4. (U) Nutrition: Both children looked healthy and well fed.
Mr. Ozel said that neither child has had any problems with the
food since the first incident, which he attributed to a normal
adjustment to Turkish cuisine. Mr. Ozel says his mother does
most of the cooking in the house. Cengiz volunteered that he
likes Turkish food.

5. (U) Living Environment: Mr. Ozel said the family is planning
to stay at the current residence until later in the summer when
he hopes to move the family to Antalya. He is not currently
working and says he is the primary caregiver for the children.
He said he often takes them to a nearby park which the children
enjoy. When asked if he missed school and his friends in the
U.S., Cengiz just smiled. Mr. Ozel said Cengiz would start
school in the fall. Under the Turkish system, Cengiz was too
young to attend public school this year. Both children spoke in
English, however, Cengiz did know a few Turkish words.

REID

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