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Cablegate: Exbs: Turkey Advisors Monthly Report- (July 2006)

Published: Wed 9 Aug 2006 12:01 PM
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SUBJECT: EXBS: TURKEY ADVISORS MONTHLY REPORT- (JULY 2006)
REF: 2004 STATE 146478
1. Summary: EXBS Advisor continued to monitor the
progress of the NP Cooperation Agreement, along with other NP
projects and activities with the Government of Turkey. Also,
followed-up on recent Turkish successes in stopping possible
improper transiting of controlled items through Turkey. EXBS
Advisor continued coordination of Targeting and Risk
Management Workshop and Port Security/Port Vulnerability
Workshop with GOT and US officials. Finally, EXBS Advisor
conducted consultations in Washington, meeting with stateside
program coordinators of the projects being conducted in
Turkey, including the ICP, Commodity Identification Training,
Product Identification Tool, Second Line of Defense and other
nonproliferation programs. End Summary.
2. Completed Actions for the Reporting Period
A. Site Assessment and Meetings During Recent
Reporting Period
1) July 7- EXBS Advisor met with Undersecretariat
for Customs Head of Data Processing and Communication
Department Nurcan Ozyazici to discuss the Product
Identification Tool (PIT) project. Ozyazici informed EXBS
Advisor that she was still awaiting final approval from
Customs undersecretary concerning the use of US funding for
the customization project. Once this is received, detailed
coordination with the selected customization contractor,
Docuart International, can begin. EXBS Advisor proposed a
meeting for August 4th, with the US DOC contractor of the PIT
project in Ankara. This would allow all individuals that
will now be involved in the project to have their questions
answered by the PIT designers. Ozyazici agreed this would be
beneficial to the project and should allow the PIT
customization to move forward quickly. The follow-on meeting
was scheduled.
EXBS Advisor met with Customs Enforcement Deputy Director
General Mehmet Guzel to discuss recent Turkish Customs
activities. Guzel informed EXBS Advisor that he had just
recently been promoted to the position of DDG. EXBS Advisor
provided Guzel with an update on the Targeting and Risk
Management Workshop. Guzel stated that Turkish Customs would
like to change the location from the Port of Izmir to Mersin,
as they feel it could have a wider benefit to the customs
officials at this Port. EXBS Advisor agreed and stated that
this should not be difficult to change at this time.
Finally, Guzel reviewed recent customs cases to show how
close cooperation between Turkish Customs and other customs
services successfully stopped the illegal transfer of dual
use items through Turkey.
EXBS Advisor met with DG for EU and External Relations Riza
Korkmaz. Korkmaz provided additional information on recent
Turkish Customs case involving a shipment of materials to
Iran and the level of cooperation between other countries and
Turkey in stopping this activity. Korkmaz also confirmed
that Turkish Customs had submitted 4 major projects for
consideration in the next round of EU/World Bank accession
funding for Turkey. Korkmaz added that he will continue to
encourage senior customs officials to voice their support for
the NP Agreement with Turkish Parliament contacts.
2) July 12 - EXBS Advisor held monthly update meeting
with MFA First Secretary for Arms Control and Disarmament
Guven Begec to discuss current projects in Turkey, including
Internal Control Program (ICP), Commodity Identification
Training (CIT), Product Identification Tool (PIT) and Second
Line of Defense (SLD). EXBS Advisor updated Begec on
activities that are being planned with Turkish Customs and
Foreign Trade concerning the ICP and PIT projects and also
the upcoming workshops which will be held in Izmir and Mersin
at the ports. Begec commented that this increased
cooperation between US and Turkey should help to strength the
our ties while also making it more difficult for those
wanting to violate international law. Begec also discussed
new Global Security Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
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stating that GOT is a supporter of the idea and looks forward
to finding out more about the initiative and how they can be
effective contributors to the initiative.
3) July 18-20 - EXBS Advisor conducted program
consultations in Washington DC with representatives from
ISN/ECC, ISN/CTR, DOE/INECP, DOE/SLD, CBP, Coast Guard and
DOC personnel. EXBS Advisor provided updates on program and
all projects underway in Turkey, along with planning for
future activities. EXBS Advisor conducted detailed planning
for upcoming CBP Targeting and Risk Management Workshop and
CG Port Security/ Port Vulnerability Workshop. DOE/INECP
discussed ideas for increasing the participation of Turkish
representatives in regional workshops and training
activities, such as including them as speakers/instructors
and leaders of break-out groups. This would further
demonstrate increased multi-national efforts to stop
proliferation and could assist in promoting participation by
more nations. ISN/ECC reviewed planning for future projects
and developing a proposed schedule of activities to increase
engagement with Turkey following the ratification of the NP
Cooperation Agreement.
B. Training Conducted During Reporting Period: None
C. Equipment Delivered During Reporting Period: None
D. Imminent Training or Equipment Status Update:
1) Aug 9- 18 - CBP Targeting and Risk Management
training and evaluation team to visit Turkey to conduct
course/evaluation at Port of Mersin.
2) Sep 17-23- Port Physical Security/Port
Vulnerability Course to be conducted by US Coast Guard at
Port of Izmir.
E. Significant Developments in Export Controls,
Nonproliferation, or Related Border Security: None
3. Future Activities
A. Aug 4 - DOC contractor to visit Turkey for
meetings with Turkish Customs to further discuss
customization of the Product Identification Tool (PIT)
Project.
B. Aug 9- 18 - CBP Targeting and Risk Management
training and evaluation team to visit Turkey to conduct
course/evaluation at Port of Mersin.
C. Sep 17-23- Port Physical Security/Port
Vulnerability Course to be conducted by US Coast Guard at
Port of Izmir.
D. Sep/Oct (proposed)- First CIT Pilot Course conducted by
Turkish instructors with assistance by INECP personnel.
E. Oct/Nov (proposed)- INECP nuclear industry
outreach workshop to be conducted.
4. Red Flag Issues: None
5. Contact Information for EXBS Adviser ) Kevin Lyon,
phone (90)(312) 455-5555 ext 2525, fax (90)(312) 468-4775,
email LyonK@state.gov.
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