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Cablegate: Turkish Response: Potential Pakistan Donors

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R 261158Z NOV 08
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8137
INFO RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 1044
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 0121
RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ANKARA 002055

SENSITIVE
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DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/PB MARY TOWNSWICK

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ECON EFIN IBRD IMF PK TU AF
SUBJECT: TURKISH RESPONSE: POTENTIAL PAKISTAN DONORS
CONFERENCE IN MID-DECEMBER

REF: A. SECSTATE 124618
B. ANKARA 1972
C. ANKARA 1917

1. (SBU) On November 26, we delivered reftel message to
Babur Girgin, Department Head, Directorate of South Asia, at
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Girgin said Turkey is
generally supportive of the concept of holding a Pakistan
Donors, Conference, but has not determined the level of its
participation or any specific amount of assistance it may
pledge.

2. (SBU) At Girgin's request, we shared information on the
status of legislation establishing proposed Reconstruction
Opportunity Zones (ROZ) in remote areas of Afghanistan and
Pakistan. Girgin said the MFA has begun the Ankara Process,
a project through which Turkey plans to provide assistance,
intermediation, and technical capacity building to the
governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan. This project builds
off of the GOT,s trilateral summit, initiated in April 2007,
and includes components for security, political, press, and
economic issues. The MFA has finished its
brainstorming process and is now broaching possible projects
with the two governments.

3. (SBU) Presidents Gul, Karzai, and Zardari are expected to
come together in another summit December 5 in Istanbul, where
the initiative will be discussed further. On the economic
front, Turkey envisions Organized Industrial Zones, similar
to the ROZ plan. These would provide employment for duty
free manufactured goods for export. In addition, the Turkish
Union of Chambers and Industry (TOBB) plans to provide
capacity building for chambers of commerce in the two
countries and work on business development centers that would
focus on microfinance. Girgin emphasized that the GOT wants
to work on these projects with "no duplication and lots of
synergy" with the USG and other countries interested in
assisting Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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