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Cablegate: Csi Visit Firms Up Turkish Support for Program

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ROME FOR ICE ATTACHE STIRITI
DHS/CBP CSI DIVISION FOR HORTON, WAINWRIGHT, DUBELIER
COMMERCE FOR RUSNACK
DEPT PASS TRANSPORTATION DEPT

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD EWWT PTER KTIA TU
SUBJECT: CSI VISIT FIRMS UP TURKISH SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM

REF: ANKARA 3464

1. Summary: Representatives from DHS, DOE, USCG and post
visited Izmir June 14-16 to assess the port's suitability for
participation in the DHS Container Security Initiative (CSI).
The two-day visit included meetings with Turkish officials
from Customs, Foreign Trade, the Coast Guard, the Maritime
Authority, the Railroads Authority (who currently is
responsible for port operations), and the Izmir Exporters
Association and a tour of the port on one of its busiest days
of the week. CSI's willingness to go forward with the
assessment succeeded in increasing Turkish support for the
program. End summary.

2. In what was categorized by CSI officials as a
well-organized event, Turkish and USG officials met June
14-16 in Izmir to discuss the CSI program and to conduct
DHS's assessment of the port, one of the necessary
requirements for implementing CSI in Turkey. DHS, DOE, USCG
and embassy representatives met with a Turkish delegation,
led by Atilla Bastirmaci, Head of America's Department at the
GOT Foreign Trade Undersecretariat (FTU), that included
officials from Turkish Customs, Coast Guard, Maritime
Authority, Railroads Authority (who currently hold
responsibility for port operations), and the Izmir Exporters
Association.

3. The meetings provided an excellent opportunity for the
two sides to discuss in detail the program and its
implementation process in Turkey. Turkish officials were
able to express their concerns and expectations about
starting the program and stationing personnel in Izmir as
well as to clarify information and procedures. One of the
most positive outcomes of the visit was the support for the
program gleaned from the exporters in Izmir after they were
able to directly question CSI officials about the program and
its potential effects on their business. At a subsequent
meeting in Izmir, representatives from the exporters
association told us that they are very enthusiastic about the
program. We encouraged them to communicate this support to
Turkish government officials.

4. Comment: The CSI team's visit increased Turkish support
for the program and renewed the enthusiasm of those in the
Turkish government who have supported it from the beginning.
We will turn our efforts now to working on a final CSI
agreement document that will meet the needs of the parties
involved. End comment.

Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/ankara/

WILSON

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