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SUBJECT: TURKISH PERMREP APAKAN PAYS INTRODUCTORY CALL ON
AMBASSADOR RICE

1. (SBU) SUMMARY. During an October 15 courtesy meeting,
Turkish Permrep Ertugul Apakan invited Ambassador Rice to
visit Turkey. He said a workshop/retreat on peacekeeping and
peacebuilding, which Turkey was considering hosting during
the summer of 2010, might be a good opportunity. Apakan
thought Turkey and the U.S. shared similar views on a wide
range of issues, but acknowledged a divergence on Gaza.
Ambassador Rice said that Turkey could be helpful on Somalia
by urging Qatar, which was funding insurgents through
Eritrea, to play a more helpful role. Apakan said a U.S.
envoy for the Cyprus talks would be required in the near
future in order to bring the reunification talks to a
conclusion. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) Newly arrived Turkish Permrep Ertugul Apakan held a
brief courtesy meeting with Ambassador Rice on the margins of
a General Assembly meeting on October 15. Apakan invited
Rice to visit Turkey, noting that Rice intended to travel to
the Middle East in the near future. He said another
opportunity for Rice to visit might be a workshop/retreat on
peacekeeping and peacebuilding during the summer of 2010,
similar to a conference hosted by Austria in Alspach, which
Turkey was considering hosting. Ambassador Rice thanked
Apakan for the offer, and said that while she would not be
able to stop in Turkey during her upcoming trip to the Middle
East, she would consider other opportunities. Apakan said he
thought Turkey and the U.S. shared similar views on a wide
range of issues, including on Iraq, Afghanistan, the
Caucasus, Kosovo and Bosnia. He acknowledged that there was
a divergence of views on Gaza and how to handle the Goldstone
report.

3. (SBU) Apakan said that Turkey wanted to be helpful in
Somalia and agreed with the U.S. approach of continuing
broad-based support for the Transitional Federal Government.
Ambassador Rice expressed concerns about Qatar's role in
funding insurgents through Eritrea who were operating in
Somalia, and suggested that Turkey could be helpful by
weighing in with Qatar.

4. (SBU) Apakan said he thought a U.S. envoy would be needed
in the near future to bring the Cyprus talks to a conclusion.
He noted that a U.S. envoy had been necessary to work with
the UN in 2004, and said achieving broad international
support for a settlement would require strong U.S.
involvement.
Rice

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