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by WikiLeaks. 06ANKARA2008: April 12, 2006.

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06ANKARA2008 2006-04-12 15:12 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy
Ankara
VZCZCXRO1212
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHKUK RUEHMOS
DE RUEHAK #2008 1021512
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 121512Z APR 06
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4774
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
RUEKJCS/DIA WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC//J-3/J-5//
RHEHAAA/NSC WASHDC
RUEUITH/ODC ANKARA TU//TCH//
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEUITH/TLO ANKARA TU
RUEHAK/TSR ANKARA TU
RUEHAK/USDAO ANKARA TU
C O N F I D E N T I A L ANKARA 002008 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/SE 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/12/2026 
TAGS: PGOV PREL IZ TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY/IRAQ: NSC, SADR, AIRCRAFT 
 
 
Classified by DCM Nancy McEldowney; reasons 1.4 b and d. 
 
1. (C) Turkish MFA Iraq Coordinator Celikkol told the DCM 
April 10 that the GOT would like the USG to persuade the 
Government of Iraq (GOI) to increase the seats on the Iraqi 
National Security Council (NSC) from 19 to 21, to allow for 
the addition of representatives of the Turkmen and Assyrian 
communities.  He said Iraqi Assyrians had expressed to the 
GOT their concern at not being represented on the NSC, a 
concern shared by the Turkmen.  He said the Kurds are 
currently the only ethnic minority represented on the NSC, 
which includes both Shia and Sunni Muslims.  It would be 
appropriate for the Turkmen and Assyrians, both significant 
minorities, to be represented as well.  Celikkol said he does 
not believe the Shia or Sunni would object to the addition of 
two seats for these groups; the Kurds will likely object 
because "they object to everything."  The DCM replied that 
NSC deliberations are already quite advanced, and it will be 
difficult to make changes at this point.  She said she would 
convey the GOT request. 
 
2. (C) The DCM took the opportunity to reiterate U.S. views 
that Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is a negative factor, 
undermining peace and stability in Iraq.  He has been fueling 
sectarian conflict, and cannot be persuaded to play a 
moderating role.  The GOT should avoid doing anything that 
could legitimize Sadr's role in Iraq.  A visit to a NATO 
member state would only bolster his negative influence. 
Celikkol said Sadr was unknown to the GOT before the war in 
Iraq.  He said the GOT does not share his views.  The GOT has 
no direct contact with Sadr, and its indirect contact has 
been aimed at moderating him and drawing him away from 
Iranian influence.  He said the GOT had previously invited 
Sadr to Turkey, but no date has been set, the visit has been 
put on indefinite delay, and the GOT will not take any steps 
to pursue the invitation.  There will be no surprises. 
 
3. (C) The DCM asked Celikkol whether Turkey would be open to 
considering a request to provide a C-130E aircraft with air 
and ground crews for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq. 
Celikkol expressed concern about Iraqi attitudes toward a 
Turkish military contribution, and would want that issue 
resolved before making a formal decision. 
 
Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/ankara/ 
 
WILSON

 


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