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07ANKARA654
2007-03-22 12:49:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Ankara
Cable title:  

TURKEY: HIGH HOPES FOR PALESTINIAN NUG; MUBARAK

Tags:  KISL KPAL KWBG PGOV PREL IS TU 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/22/2017
TAGS: KISL KPAL KWBG PGOV PREL IS TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: HIGH HOPES FOR PALESTINIAN NUG; MUBARAK
VISIT; WASHINGTON CONSULTATIONS

REF: A. STATE 34681


B. ANKARA 646

Classified By: Political Counselor Janice Weiner for reasons 1.4(b) and
(d)

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ANKARA 000654

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/22/2017
TAGS: KISL KPAL KWBG PGOV PREL IS TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: HIGH HOPES FOR PALESTINIAN NUG; MUBARAK
VISIT; WASHINGTON CONSULTATIONS

REF: A. STATE 34681


B. ANKARA 646

Classified By: Political Counselor Janice Weiner for reasons 1.4(b) and
(d)


1. (U) Action Request in Para 7.


2. (C) SUMMARY: Turkish officials are hopeful the
establishment of the new Palestinian National Unity
Government (NUG) represents a chance for a fresh start in
establishing peace and security in the Palestinian
territories as well as for dialogue between the Palestinians
and Israelis. The GOT is pleased the U.S. is engaging
case-by-case withQndividual NUG ministers and hopes Israel
will eventually follow that lead. Turkey has no plans at
present to engage with the NUG or Hamas officials at senior
levels. If that does occur, it will probably not happen
until after Turkey's presidential election, scheduled for
May, is completed. Meanwhile, Egyptian President Mubarak is
visiting Ankara March 22-23 for talks on a wide array of
bilateral and regional issues and new Turkish MFA Deputy
Under Secretary for the Middle East will be in Washington
next week and hopes to be able to consult with A/S Welch and
others. END SUMMARY

PALESTINIAN NUG: A NEW OPPORTUNITY?
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3. (C) We met March 21 with MFA Deputy Director General for
Middle East Affairs Omer Onhon to convey the USG position
regarding the Palestinian National Unity Government, discuss
the GOT's views, and urge Turkey not to meet with Hamas
officials. We underscored that the USG continues to insist
that any Palestinian government must renounce violence,
recognize Israel, and respect previous agreements and
obligations between the parties. Onhon agreed that those
principles are broadly supported by the international
community and that the new NUG will need to adhere to them.
However, the GOT believes the NUG represents a new beginning
for the Palestinians, one that should not be summarily
dismissed because of the presence of Hamas ministers.


4. (C) GOT officials have expressed support for a "nuanced
approach" on restarting the MEPP, perhaps to begin with the

release of kidnapped Israel Corporal Shalit and a curb on
violence, to be followed by Israeli engagement with NUG
officials. Onhon commented favorably on case-by-case USG
engagement with non-Hamas ministers in the NUG and expressed
the hope the Israelis can eventually do the same. He also
asserted that, though Hamas has not yet committed to Quartet
principles, they were now using "a different tone, one that
is at least a bit more promising." Onhon indicated there are
no current plans for any visits by either GOT officials to
Israel/Palestine or vice versa, nor plans to engage with
Hamas directly. Turkish MFA issued a public statement March
17 following the announcement of the formation of the NUG.
Translated text follows in para eight.

MUBARAK VISIT
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5. (SBU) Onhon indicated MFA was making final preparations
for the March 22-23 visit of Egyptian President Mubarak.
According to Onhon, Mubarak had been pressing for a visit to
Ankara for some time. The GOT expects a large delegation,
with Mubarak accompanied by the Egyptian Foreign Minister,
Petroleum Minister, and Ministers for Trade and Investment.
He expects Turkey will continue to convey to Egypt its
concerns over off-shore oil drilling tenders advertised by
the Republic of Cyprus and the agreement on delineating their
respective exclusive economic zones signed by Cyprus and
Egypt. The Turks did not, however, necessarily expect the
visit to bring about an immediate resolution to the problem.
In his meetings with President Sezer, PM Erdogan, and FM Gul,
Onhon expects Mubarak will discuss a broad array of bilateral
and regional issues, incQding Iraq, Lebanon, and
Israel/Palestine.

WASHINGTON CONSULTATIONS
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6. (SBU) Onhon noted that he and the new MFA Deputy Under
Secretary for Middle East/South Asia Feridun Sinirlioglu plan

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to travel to Washington March 24-29. The primary purpose of
the trip is to attend the fifth meeting of the Ankara Forum,
a group organized by the Turkish Union of Chambers and
Commodity Exchanges to foster economic cooperation between
Israel and Palestinians (see ref b). The principal focus of
the group has been to re-open with Turkish sponsorship the
Erez Industrial Zone in northern Gaza.

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7. (SBU) ACTION REQUEST: We believe the trip would be an
excellent opportunity for Turkey's new NEA A/S equivalent to
consult on Middle East issues with USG counterparts. Onhon
inquired whether A/S Welch and others in State and at NSC
might be available for meetings during the week of March 26.
Sinirlioglu, who just began his new assignment, returned in
January from Tel Aviv, where he served as Turkey's Ambassador
to Israel. Onhon just recently returned from New York,
having served at Turkey's mission there.

GOT TEXT ON PALESTINIAN NUG
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8. (U) Begin Text:

The National Unity Government that was formed in Palestine is
seen as a new hope from the aspect of efforts for peace and
of the expectations of the Palestinian people.

A difficult task awaits the new government regarding the
elimination of the difficulties faced by the Palestinian
people, the establishment of internal peace in Palestine, and
once again making governing institutions there functional.

For the National Unity Government to fulfill this duty
appropriately and for it to respond to the expectations of
the people, it is necessary for the international community
to provide its full support. If this occurs, the new
government will be able to help in reestablishing a dialogue
between Palestine and Israel.

A very valuable window of opportunity has been opened through
the formation of the National Unity Government, especially
with regard to the establishment of public order in Palestine
and the activation of the peace process that has been blocked
for years. In order to make use of this opportunity, all
parties should act with common sense and with a conscience of
responsibility.

Within this framework, we expect the international community
to adopt an attitude of non-prejudice and encouragement
towards the new Palestinian government.

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