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Cablegate: Turkey: Council of Ministers Approves Continuation

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UNCLAS ANKARA 001593

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR PREL IZ TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: COUNCIL OF MINISTERS APPROVES CONTINUATION
OF INCIRLIK OPERATIONS

1. Post received a diplomatic note from the Foreign Ministry
on June 21, 2007, advising that the Council of Ministers
adopted, on 17 May 2007, Decree No. 12189 extending the
validity of the bilateral agreement for US use of Incirlik
Air Force Base as a logistics hub to move non-lethal supplies
to US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a base of
operation for air-refueling operations for US aircraft
serving Afghanistan and Iraq and for periodic FAA
Navigational Aid checks of aircraft in Iraq. Full text of
the diplomatic note is in para 2.

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2. Begin Text:

2007/ALGY/268481

(Complimentary opening).

In view of the UNSC Resolutions No:1483 (2003), 1511 (2003)
and 1546 (2004), and in the context of the importance that
the Turkish Government attributes to the independence,
territorial integrity, stability and security of Iraq and its
continued commitment of support for the reconstruction of
that country, as well as for the efforts aiming at providing
humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, the Council of
Ministers adopted, on 17 May 2007, the Decree No: 12189
extending the validity of the Decree No:10568 until 22 June
2008.

The rules and principles to be applied to the US Forces for
the logistics support activities carried out through Turkish
sea ports and airports, including the 10th Tanker Base
Command/Incirlik, remain unchanged.

(Complimentary closing)

Ankara, June 19, 2007

End Text.

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

WILSON

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