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Cablegate: Exbs: Update On Np Cooperation and Assistance

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FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
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UNCLAS ANKARA 006212

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KSTC PARM PREL TU
SUBJECT: EXBS: UPDATE ON NP COOPERATION AND ASSISTANCE
AGREEMENT

REF: 2005 ANKARA 3358

1. (SBU) Post has been actively following the progress of the
Turkish Parliament's review of the Bi-lateral Agreement with
Turkey Regarding Cooperation to Facilitate the Provision of
Assistance for Preventing the Proliferation of Weapons of
Mass Destruction. The Agreement has been reviewed and
endorsed by the Foreign Relations Committee and sent to the
General Assembly for ratification. Initial review of the
Agreement occurred in mid-October and we are now awaiting
final ratification. The Agreement has been one of the top
four agenda items since the Grand National Assembly
reconvened in early October.

2. (SBU) Ambassador sent separate letters to the Speaker of
the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Bulent Arinc and
Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee, Mehmet Dulger, on
October 16, 2006 encouraging the ratification of this
agreement. Ambassador noted that ratification of this
Agreement will strengthen our cooperation in the fight
against terrorism and proliferation.

3. (SBU) Dulger confirmed to Political Counselor on October
30 that Parliament is continuing to review the Agreement and
he expects it to be ratified soon.

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

WILSON

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