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Cablegate: Turkey Agrees to Two Energy Seminars

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SUBJECT: TURKEY AGREES TO TWO ENERGY SEMINARS


SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED.

1. (SBU) In two diplomatic notes sent by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs on June 13, the Turkish government signaled its formal
acceptance of two energy/environmental workshops to be conducted in
cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy. Immediate next
steps include setting dates, venues, and agendas for the two
events.

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CLAN COAL WORKSHOP
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2. (SBU) Following up on a May 10 meeting in Ankara between
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resures (MENR) officials and DOE
international afairs officer Charles Washington, the first note
looks forward to a workshop on "Environmental Technologies and Clean
Coal Technology." It notes that this workshop would fall under the
existing cooperation agreement between DOE and MENR. The note
proposes October 6 or October 13 as the date of the workshop.

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ENERGY EFFICIENT HOUSING WORKSHOP
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3. (SBU) The second note welcomes DOE's proposal to hold a
workshop on "Energy Conservation and the Building of Earthquake
Resistant Housing." This workshop would also be held under the
auspices of the bilateral cooperation agreement.

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COMMENT
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4. (SBU) These two notes signal that MENR has obtained interagency
agreement in the Turkish government to hold the two workshops and
that the Ministry is serious about going ahead. The Embassy looks
forward to working with DOE to bring these projects, which have the
potential to promote U.S. exports and technology, to fruition.
Immediate next steps include agreeing to an October date for the
clean coal seminar and setting a time for the housing event.
WILSON

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