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(DIP) HEAD OF TURKISH-AMERICAN ORGANIZATION URGES U.S. SENATE FOR IMMEDIATE APPROVAL OF TOP DOPLOMATS TO TURKEY.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov 4, 2010 (TUR) -- Head of the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) -- an educational charitable organization based in Washington, D.C. -- has urged the United States Senate to approve in the shortest possible time the appointment of the U.S. ambassador to Turkey.

Lincoln McCurdy said in an article appeared in the congressional newspaper, the Hill, that the Senate should confirm Francis Joseph Ricciardone as U.S. ambassador in Ankara.

"Turkey is a significant political and economic actor that has played a crucial role in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Europe in the last decade. The country is a valuable ally to the US and NATO in maintaining peace and stability," McCurdy said.

"Yet the U.S. Embassy in Ankara has been without a leader since July, when Ambassador James Jeffrey departed the country to become the new Ambassador to Iraq. Four months later, there is still no ambassador to Turkey, and if recent Senate machinations continue, we may have no leadership in Ankara until 2011. When Congress returns for the lame duck session in November, the Senate must resolve this impasse," he said.

McCurdy said the absence came at a time as the U.S. dealt with pressing issues that affect not only the US-Turkey partnership, but also regional peace and stability.

"The presence of a U.S. Ambassador in a critical allied country like Turkey, which is undergoing significant internal changes this year, is indispensable to maintaining a close dialogue and a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. Leaving this position unfilled is sending the wrong message to Turkey," he said.

(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)

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