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Cablegate: Turkey Will Participate in 3-Way Meeting On Azeri

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OO RUEHAG RUEHDBU RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLN RUEHLZ RUEHROV RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHAK #6569 3381512
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 041512Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0164
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL 1736
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC

UNCLAS ANKARA 006569

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
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USDOC FOR 4212/ITA/MAC/CPD/CRUSNAK
DOE FOR CHARLES WASHINGTON
EUR ALSO FOR MATT BRYZA
S/P FOR STEVE HELLMAN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ENRG EPET PREL TU GG AJ
SUBJECT: TURKEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN 3-WAY MEETING ON AZERI
GAS DECEMBER 8

REF: A. TBILISI 3140

B. BAKU 1754
C. ANKARA 6396

1. (SBU) The Turkish MFA confirms that Energy Minister Hilmi
Guler has agreed to participate in an
Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey meeting on natural gas in Tbilisi
on December 8 (refs).

2. (SBU) On November 22, Undersecretary Sami Demirbilek
reiterated to us Turkey's willingness to help Georgia with
gas for this winter, as agreed by Prime Minister Erdogan
during the BTC events in July. He stressed that Turkey was
waiting for Azerbaijan to decide what it wanted to do and
then for Azerbaijan and Georgia to strike an arrangment.
Once this was agreed between Georgia and Azerbaijan, he
thought it would be relatively easily to devise a formula
that would make Turkey "whole" by agreement to postpone
delivery of contracted Shah Deniz volumes at the reduced
price to future years. He endorsed Statoil's proposition of
a two step process: first political agreement, then
implementation of the commercial arrangements.
Fundamentally, however, Demirbilek said the BP-led consortium
was having problems with the new gas wells and questioned
whether or not Shah Deniz gas was available at all for export.

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

WILSON

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