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Cablegate: Turkey: Demarche On Imo Candidacy Delivered

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RR RUEHDA
DE RUEHAK #1466 2820925
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 090925Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0923
INFO RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 3311
RUEHDA/AMCONSUL ADANA 4200
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL 6338
RULSJGA/COMDT COGUARD WASHDC

UNCLAS ANKARA 001466

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR IO/T THOMAS JOHNSON
LONDON FOR EST J WHITTLESEY
USCG FOR CG-52 AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC IMO EWWT PHSA TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: DEMARCHE ON IMO CANDIDACY DELIVERED

REF: STATE 98012

This cable is sensitive but unclassified. Please protect
accordingly.

1. (SBU) We delivered reftel demarche and aide-memoire to
Haldun Tekneci, Maritime Department Head at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. He recognized the ongoing and active
participation of the United States in the IMO and observed
that Turkey and the United States have a long history of
excellent cooperation on maritime issues in general and at
the IMO in particular. While making no commitments, he said
that he expected Turkey would be supportive of the U.S.
candidacy.

2. (SBU) Tekneci noted that the Turkish Embassy in Washington
had already demarched IO/T requesting support for Turkey's
own candidacy as a Category "C" member of the IMO Council and
provided a copy of the aide-memoire on that topic (a copy
should have also been delivered to Embassy London). He
understood that the U.S. does not enter into formal mutual
support agreements, but expressed his hope that the U.S.
would view Turkey's candidacy favorably. He stated that
Turkey has already obtained over forty commitments of support
from other Member States, but that "we cannot rest on our
laurels" and that U.S. support would be welcome.

JEFFREY

"Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at http://www.intelink.s
gov.gov/wiki/Portal:Turkey"

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