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05ANKARA7544
2005-12-23 07:42:00
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Embassy Ankara
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STATUS UPDATE: MEETING BETWEEN NUCLEAR AGENCY

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TAGS: ENRG IZ JO KNNP OTRA PARM TRGY TU
SUBJECT: STATUS UPDATE: MEETING BETWEEN NUCLEAR AGENCY
HEADS OF TURKEY, JORDAN AND IRAQ

REF: ANKARA 4037



1. Summary: Following up on a DOE/IRTR suggestions, Turkish
Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) offered to host a meeting with
the head of the Jordanian and Iraqi nuclear authorities in
early 2006. The Turks would welcome U.S. observers to the
meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to begin discussions
of regional cooperation and communications to address illicit
trafficking of radioactive materials across respective
borders. TAEK President discussed meeting with Jordanian
Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) President gaining support for
the initiative. End Summary.



2. Members of the DOE Office of International Radiological
Threat Reduction Program (IRTR) visited Ankara June 28, 2005
and agreed with Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK)
President, Dr. Okay Cakiroglu, that IRTR and TAEK would
cooperatively develop a plan of action and milestones to
assist the Iraqi gvernment to achieve positive control of
radioctive materials within Iraq, prevent contaminated
shipments from leaving Iraq or being dumped close to their
borders. Since similar trafficking incidents were occurring
on the Jordanian/Iraqi border, Cakiroglu agreed to include
Jordanian authorities in resulting activities (ref a).



3. A first opportunity for the three senior members of the
Turkish, Jordanian and Iraqi Nuclear Authorities to meet was
in September 2005 during the "Workshop on Cooperative
Monitoring along Iraq's Frontiers" sponsored by CMC Amman and
NESA Center. Due to scheduling difficulties, Cakiroglu and
Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission President Dr. Kodah were
not able to attend this workshop. However, a representative
of the Turkish MFA First Secretary for Security Affairs Ali
Findik, Dr. Kodah's representative Dr. Mamoun Makahleh, and
Iraqi Radioactive Source Regulatory Agency Chairman Dr. Mousa
Al Atia did attend and agreed that a meeting of the three
agency heads could assist in the decrease of radioactive
incidents at the borders, increase communications between
agencies and that it would be beneficial to his developing
program.



4. During a December 8 discussion, TAEK President, Cakiroglu
informed EXBS Advisor that he had just returned from a
Regional Nuclear Agency Conference in Amman Jordan. While in
Amman, Cakiroglu met with JAEC President Kodah and discussed
the need to meet and discuss joint cooperation with the goal
to improve control of radiological and/or radioactive
contaminated materials in Iraq. Cakiroglu informed Kodah
that he was intending to try to hold a meeting the end of
January or early Feb. and he hoped Kodah was available to
attend. Cakiroglu stated that Kodah told him that he was
unsure of his schedule but that he was very interested in
attending the meeting and in a joint cooperation program with
Iraq.



5. Comment: We are encouraged that the GOT has followed up
on IRTR's suggestion and that the three nuclear authorities
have agreed in principle to meet. We have heard from MFA and
TAEK sources that they would welcome a U.S. observer at this
first meeting, which they see as an initial information
exchange. We will continue to encourage Ankara to push this
initiative forward. End comment.

WILSON