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Cablegate: Updated Version: U.S. Mission to Turkey

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Dianne Wampler 09/13/2006 08:12:07 PM From DB/Inbox: Dianne Wampler

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UNCLAS ANKARA 05223

SIPDIS
CX:
ACTION: PA
INFO: POL ECON PMA AMB DCM

DISSEMINATION: PAO /1
CHARGE: PAS

APPROVED: PA:DSREEBNY
DRAFTED: PA:DSREEBNY
CLEARED: NONE

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8544
INFO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 3077
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UNCLAS ANKARA 005223

SIPDIS

EUR FOR PPD, SE, DAS GRAFFY, INFO R; LONDON FOR PA HUB
DIRECTOR ADAM ERELI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPAO OIIP PTER TU
SUBJECT: UPDATED VERSION: U.S. MISSION TO TURKEY
COMMEMORATION OF 9/11 ANNIVERSARY


1. Summary: The U.S. Mission to Turkey commemorated the 5th
anniversary with events in Ankara, Istanbul, and Adana. The
post activities connected the 9/11 terrorist attacks to
terrorist attacks on Turkey and other nations, in order to
reinforce a theme of common determination to confront and
defeat terrorism around the world. End summary.

2. The mission's slate of activities began with an op-ed
from Ambassador Ross Wilson, which was carried in the
September 11 edition of the mass-circulation Turkish
newspaper "Sabah." In his editorial (also featured on the
front page above the fold), the Ambassador concluded, "On
this September 11, Americans will mourn their loss of five
years ago and mourn all victims of terrorism. We will seek
ways to further our and the world's common struggle against
those who threaten our way of life. And we will succeed."
In the editorial, the Ambassador also linked the 9/11
anniversary to Turkey's own experience with terrorism,
writing, "Prime Minister Ecevit expressed (Turkey's)
sentiments well (after 9/11): 'We share the pain of the
United States, our close friend and ally...All of humanity
should be in solidarity against terrorism.' The prime
minister's deliberately chosen words, of course, reflected
both pain over our loss and an appeal for help in defeating
PKK and other terrorists responsible for the loss of some
30,000 lives over the previous decade or more....We are
horrified by the violence perpetrated by the PKK and its
front groups, and we grieve for the victims. We are
committed to working with Turkey and its friends to defeat
the terrorists."

3. These themes were amplified in a morning ceremony at the
Embassy in Ankara, where Ambassador Wilson presented a grant
for ten thousand dollars to the general director of the
Turkish Association for Aid and Solidarity with the Families
of Martyrs from the Security Services (EMSAD). "Terrorism
affects all of us. Nowhere is this clearer than in Turkey,
where PKK terrorism has claimed tens of thousands of lives
and where al-Qaeda launched devastating attacks in Istanbul
in 2003," the Ambassador said. "For me, our donation today
is a way of looking forward as we look back in sorrow at the
sad wreckage left behind by PKK, al-Qaeda and other terrorist
violence." EMSAD Director General Ms. Nursen Donmez
Kiricikaya replied, "On behalf of the children of victims to
terrorism, I want to thank the Ambassador and the US Mission
for this generous gift. On this anniversary we remember that
terrorism is not just a problem for Turkey; it is the world's
problem." The ceremony was widely covered by Turkish
broadcast and print media.

4. Ambassador Wilson will reinforce the themes at a dinner
for important business, political, academic, media, and other
contacts this evening in Istanbul, in honor of a forthcoming
"Scientific American" edition that will feature Turkey. In
his remarks, the Ambassador states: "This fifth anniversary
reminds us of the challenge we as civilized people face to
defend ourselves and our way of life against those who would
destroy it and us. They remind us that the United States
can, must and will stand with Turkey in the struggle to
defeat PKK and other terrorist groups and prevent the
violence they foment."

5. Adana U.S. Consul Eric Green visited the Adana chapters of
two Turkish organizations representing families of policemen
and soldiers killed in the line of duty by terrorists. In
his meetings, Green reinforced the themes noted above, and
also provided his counterparts with a copy of Ambassador
Wilson's Sabah editorial. Local media covered one of the
meetings.

6. The Embassy in Ankara, Consulate General in Istanbul, and
Consulate in Ankara also held ceremonies for mission
personnel and families to commemorate the fifth anniversary
of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In addition the Embassy
co-sponsored a photo exhibit entitled, "Manhattan: The Magic
of Glass and Steel," at the Turkish American Association
headquarters in Ankara. A/DCM Dan Sreebny will open the
exhibit this evening, to connect the theme of the exhibit to
the 9/11 anniversary.

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

WILSON

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