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04ANKARA90 2004-01-08 10:23 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Ankara
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C O N F I D E N T I A L ANKARA 000090 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: EXEMPTION 1.6 X5, X6 
TAGS: PREL MARR PTER IZ TU
SUBJECT: FEAR OF REJECTION KEEPS ANKARA FROM ASKING IGC FOR 
PKK STATEMENT 
 
REF: A. CPA 423 
     B. ANKARA 7952 
 
 
(U)  Classified by Charge d'Affaires Robert S. Deutsch. 
Reasons: 1.5 (b) and (d). 
 
 
1. (C) DCM briefed MFA Director General for Middle East 
Burcuoglu on US strategy for Iraq on January 2, drawing from 
ref a and recent policy statements.  He noted that CPA would 
appreciate a readout by the planned GOT fact-finding mission 
to Iraq (ref b) towards the end of its time there. 
(Burcuoglu did not provide any details on the composition or 
timing of this visit.) 
 
 
2. (C) In response to the presentation, Burcuoglu said he was 
encouraged by most of the USG strategy, noting that "the only 
point of divergence" between the US and Turkey on Iraq was 
federalism.  He repeated much of the usual GOT concerns about 
disproportionate Kurdish influence in the IGC and on the US, 
and how the Kurds were attempting to exploit their current 
advantages to the disadvantage of the future Iraq.  He 
worried about recent events in Kirkuk, which could "explode" 
if the Kurds did not moderate their demands.  He said the 
main message Turkey had was that the Kurds should be 
realistic and should not try to impose their will on other 
groups. 
 
 
3. (C) Burcuoglu stated that many Sunni groups complained 
about a sense of lack of representation or influence in the 
IGC to the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad (which is reporting 
prolifically these days).  Former Foreign Minister Pachachi 
"has no ambition to represent the Sunnis," he said.  The 
Turkish Ambassador had invited Pachachi to visit Turkey in 
late January, but he refused because the dates conflicted 
with the Davos meeting.  There was a possibility that PM 
Erdogan might see him there.  Regarding other visits, he said 
Assyrian Democratic Movement Chairman (and IGC member) 
Yonadan Kana would visit Ankara January 13-14.  Kurdish 
Democratic Party chief Barzani "would be welcome in February" 
when he will be serving as IGC president, just as PUK leader 
Talabani was during his time in that position.  (Comment:  We 
understand that the Turks also invited Abdel Aziz Hakim to 
visit in December when he held the IGC presidency; he 
couldn't make it then but will instead visit Ankara the week 
of January 12.) 
 
 
4. (C) DCM noted that CPA had approached the IGC to issue a 
statement opposing the continued presence of the PKK/KHK in 
Iraq, similar to what the IGC did with regards to MEK. 
Turkey should make a similar request, he urged.  Burcuoglu 
responded that a negative reply to a formal request would 
necessitate a response.  This might include closing the 
Iraq-Turkey border to all but OIF-related traffic.  Ankara 
did not want to take this risk, he averred.  He took note, 
however, of the DCM's suggestion that the Turkish mission 
could sound out individual IGC members in the course of their 
broader discussions. 
DEUTSCH

 


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