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UNCLAS ANKARA 004414 SIPDIS DEPT FOR EB/TPA - DVERNON AND EUR/SE ROME FOR CUSTOMS - R. STIRITI CORRECTED COPY E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: EWWT, ETRD, AMGT, TU SUBJECT: TURKEY AND THE CONTAINER SECURITY INITIATIVE Ref: Sirotic/Stiriti/Vernon Emails/telcons 7/10/03 1. Customs Rome informed the Embassy (ref emails and telcons) that the port of Izmir has been selected for inclusion in the second phase of the Container Security Initiative. We further understand that Customs Assistant Commissioner Shruhan and Customs Attache Stiriti met with GOT counterparts and discussed CSI in February and July 2003, but we have not received any front-channel instructions or guidance indicating that the USG would be formally approaching the GOT on this initiative. We also just learned that Customs has proposed to the GOT - prior to informing the Embassy of the proposal (let alone initiating the NSDD-38 process) - that a U.S. customs officer be stationed in Izmir, first for a pilot period of several months, then permanently, to implement the CSI. 2. The Mission fully supports CSI and is eager to work with Washington agencies in securing Turkish cooperation in the war on terror, but there are numerous local issues to be considered. We are disappointed that the approach to the GOT on this was not coordinated or even outlined in any official instruction. Embassy requests Department provide a front-channel message providing guidance on this initiative, and also work with U.S. Customs to ensure full interagency coordination. Pearson
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