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06ANKARA721 2006-02-16 10:12 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Ankara
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S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 ANKARA 000721 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/16/2016 
TAGS: PREL PTER PREF ETRD IZ IR TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY/IRAQ: IRAQI POLITICAL LEADERS SEEK 
INVITATIONS TO ANKARA 
 
REF: A. ANKARA 685 
     B. ANKARA 581 
     C. ANKARA 567 
 
Classified By: DCM Nancy McEldowney for Reasons 1.4 (B,D). 
 
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Summary and Action Request 
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1.  (U)  This is an action request.  See para 3. 
 
2.  (C)  Summary and Comment.  MFA Iraq Coordinator Oguz 
Celikkol informed DCM February 14 that Iraqi PM Jafari has 
been invited to Ankara and is expected to come after 
formation of the new government.  At the same time, Moqtada 
al-Sadr and the Kurdish Islamic Union have asked to visit and 
Turkey is inclined to invite them.  Salah al-Mutlak will 
visit February 17.  Celikkol solicited our views on these 
visits and offered to pass messages.  On northern Iraq 
issues, Celikkol expressed frustration with Barzani and 
punted on issues related to the Makhmour refugee camp. 
 
3.  (C)  Action request.  Mission requests Department and 
Embassy Baghdad views on GOT invitations to al-Sadr, Mutlak, 
and the Kurdish Islamic Party.  End Summary and Action 
Request. 
 
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Iraqi Pols Want to Visit 
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4.  (C)  Celikkol told DCM that Turkey had invited Iraqi PM 
Ibrahim al-Jafari to visit Ankara before his recent 
reelection by the Shia coalition. The GOT had suggested 
February 16 for a visit but Jafari had asked for a 
postponement as he prepares to form a government.  No date is 
currently set, but the GOT expects Jafari to visit soon after 
the government is formed. 
 
5.  (C)  Moqtada al-Sadr also wishes to visit Ankara.  The 
GOT has not yet responded, but is inclined to invite him, 
Celikkol told us.  He justified Turkey's decision based on 
its perception that al-Sadr: plays an important balancing 
role among the Shia, wishes to hold Iran at arm's length, and 
appears to be avoiding violence.  Celikkol acknowledged 
al-Sadr's contacts with Iran and Syria, but noted Turkish 
information indicating al-Sadr's Tehran visit was "not 
without problems."  Celikkol solicited our views on such a 
visit and offered to relay messages to al-Sadr. 
 
6.  (C)  Celikkol also reported that Salah al-Mutlak of the 
National Dialogue Council as well as a delegation from the 
Kurdish Islamic Union had requested invitations to visit 
Turkey.  Mutlak will arrive February 17 and stay in Istnbul, 
while no date has been set for the visit of the KIU. 
Celikkol solicited U.S. views on these visits as well.  He 
assured us that, in any case, the GOT's messages to all Iraqi 
political leaders would continue to be: reject violence, 
accept the new political realities, and participate in the 
democratic system.  DCM urged Turkey to make clear to all 
Iraqi visitors the need to work for national unity while 
creating a government that has the capacity to govern 
effectively and build strong social institutions that can 
meet the needs of all Iraqis. 
 
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Talks with Iraqi Kurds 
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7.  (S)  DCM asked about the status of dialogue with the 
Iraqi Kurds.  Celikkol said that Barzani's foreign affairs 
advisor Safeen Dizayee had visited Turkey the week of 
February 5 but had not requested meetings at the MFA. 
Celikkol then complained that the Iraqi Kurds are not 
satisfied with the gains they have made so far -- including a 
federal Iraq and political domination over what Celikkol 
claimed were the formerly Assyrian town of Dohuk and the 
Turkmen city of Erbil -- but still want more.  Barzani's 
attitude, Celikkol warned, is extremely unhelpful. 
 
 
ANKARA 00000721  002 OF 002 
 
 
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Concerns about Makhmour... 
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8.  (C)  Concerning the possible closure of the Makhmour 
refugee camp (ref b), Celikkol resisted DCM's suggestions 
that Turkey indicate its willingness to facilitate the 
repatriation of Turkish refugees wishing to return to Turkey. 
 While noting that Turkey could not legally prevent any 
citizen from returning to Turkey, he argued that the camp had 
been in existence for such a long time, and dominated by the 
PKK to such an extent, that he could see no easy way of 
screening refugees to ensure terrorists are kept out of 
Turkey.  Responding to the DCM's explanation that refugee 
screening procedures exist and that Turkey had proclaimed 
amnesties before, Celikkol admitted that this was a very 
difficult political issue. 
 
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...and Habur Gate 
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9.  (C)  Turning to the congested Habur Gate border crossing, 
Celikkol said the GOT is reluctant to publicly announce 
agreement to a "package deal" on opening additional crossings 
for fear Barzani will reject the deal and embarrass the GOT. 
DCM urged Celikkol to find a way to indicate publicly 
Turkey's willingness to move forward on additional crossings 
and thus indicate Turkey's flexibility.  Celikkol said that 
such an announcement could be made during a prospective 
Jafari visit to Ankara. 
 
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Still Interested in PRT 
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10.  (C)  Celikkol said the GOT would consider providing 
increased training to Iraqi political and security personnel, 
but this would depend on the willingness to engage on the 
part of the new Iraqi Defense and Interior Ministers. 
Celikkol also emphasized that the GOT remains quite 
interested in participating in a PRT in Iraq. 
 
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Comment 
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11.  (C)  We have promised a more intensive exchange of views 
on Iraq and would welcome information and analysis from the 
Department and Baghdad that we can share with the MFA and 
other government officials.  At the same time, we will 
continue to press the government to show flexibility and 
increase constructive engagement with Iraq.  End Comment. 
WILSON

 


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